defective air bags

Automotive Product Liability Defective Air Bags

If you have been in an accident where you suspect the driver, passenger, side-impact or rollover airbag malfunctioned, you should find out if your suspicions are correct. You deserve the protection that comes from a safe and effective airbag during any type of a car crash.

Air bags were introduced to the commercial market in the 1980s and were designed to inflate during a collision to keep the occupants from striking the dashboard, windshield, roof, and other components of the vehicle. Air bags consist of a flexible bag, an inflation module, and a crash sensor. Air bags can be found in the dashboard, the seats, the doors, under the dash, and even in the back seats and seat belts of some vehicles. As with most automotive component parts, faulty or defective component parts, design, or manufacturing can lead to serious or deadly consequences for those involved in an accident.

Causes of Air Bag Failures

Car manufacturers issue warnings and recalls regarding air bag defects and air bag component failures every year. Thousands of vehicles can be recalled in one year, although it is too late for those individuals who have already been injured or been killed by one of these defective air bags. Air bags fail for a variety of reasons. Often, manufacturers are under pressure to meet deadlines and budgets, and they can let defects slip past them, both intentionally and unintentionally.

Millions of defective air bags have been recalled because they failed to deploy, deployed too late, deployed with too much force, or deployed when no collision occurred. Manufacturers have also been held accountable for failing to install various types of air bags once they became readily available on the commercial market.

Common Injuries Associated With Defective Air Bags

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Severe head trauma
  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia
  • Paralysis
  • Blindness
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Amputation
  • Death

Texas Air Bag Failure

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as the result of a defective air bag, you may have the option to file a personal injury and/or products liability claim against a car manufacturer, air bag manufacturer, or even join a class action lawsuit. The experienced air bag defect lawyers of Craft Law Firm can investigate your case and help you determine the best course of action.

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