When they work properly, airbags are a lifesaving technology that can keep you from being seriously injured or killed in a car accident. But what happens when the technology we trust to protect us doesn’t work like it’s supposed to because it is defective? If you’ve been following the news over the past year, you’ve probably heard about what the NHTSA is calling “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” affecting tens of millions of vehicles made by 19 different automakers. This particular recall involves a defect in which the air bag inflators could explode during airbag deployment, sending razor-sharp shrapnel directly at vehicle occupants. This defect has caused numerous injuries and deaths.
Other dangerous airbag defects include:
- Failure to deploy in a crash
- Accidental deployment
- Late deployment
You May Be Owed Compensation
Defective airbags can cause injuries or death if they deploy at the wrong time or fail to deploy at all. These injuries can include head and neck injuries, broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injuries, injuries to internal organs, and more.
If you have been injured because of a defective airbag, you are entitled to legal remedies. You may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the airbag seeking compensation for costs related to the accident. It is a good idea to consult an experienced product liability attorney to learn more about your rights. Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. offers free case reviews to help you get started – feel free to call us at (417) 855-2022 for more information on your legal options.