The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that side airbags may be as vital as seat belts, especially when head protection is provided. Unfortunately, there are thousands of individuals severely injured or killed in side-impact car crashes, accounting for approximately 30% of car accident deaths.
But while airbags can save lives, they do fail to provide intended protection because of mistakes in design, manufacture or repairs to vehicle safety systems. The airbag may deploy too late, improperly, or not deploy at all. This is true for front airbags, side airbags and even rollover curtain airbags designed to keep people inside of vehicles that roll over. Failing airbags often lead to serious head and neck injuries, paralysis or even death.
Airbag Deployment Failure
When airbags deploy, they do so in less than 1/20th of a second. They do not usually deploy in minor crashes and fender benders, but they do deploy in moderate to severe crashes and do so when the airbag inflator’s igniter is triggered by the impact. If this system fails, injuries to the driver and front-seat passenger can be severe and can warrant a lawsuit against the vehicle or airbag manufacturer.
In 1998, an amendment to Federal Motor Safety Standard 208 required all passenger cars and light trucks to have dual front airbags. When these airbags function properly, they save lives and prevent serious head and neck injuries. When they malfunction or are poorly designed, the result can be completely different. However, these bags can deploy at a speed up to 220 mph and this in itself can cause an injury to the occupants in the path of an airbag deployment if the airbag deploys too slowly or the airbag strikes an occupant who is bending forward, sideways or is otherwise not in a “normal” seating position. The resulting injuries can include paralysis or even death. This is why “smart” airbag systems have been created, but these systems still do not always work correctly and some manufacturers were slow to implement this technology.
Minnesota Airbag Defect Attorney
When an airbag fails to deploy or the airbag’s deployment kills or severely injuries you and/or someone in the car with you, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit based upon airbag failure. To know whether a claim exists, you need an experienced airbag lawyer on your side. We have the experience, resources and guts to take on the manufacturers.
Contact A Minnesota Airbag Defect Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an auto accident due to an airbag defect, you need an attorney who is well-versed in the law and can apply the law to your case. Keep in mind that a defective product is the cause and that the manufacturer is responsible. To find out more about how we can help, call us to schedule a free consultation at 612-TSR-TIME or fill out our contact form and we will be more than happy to discuss the details of your case with you.
A grandmother was driving her grandson in a brand new Korean manufactured sedan when she was hit broad-side by a GMC Yukon on the driver’s side door. The grandmother was killed instantly because her airbag failed to deploy. After starting a lawsuit, the manufacturer settled the wrongful death case for a confidential sum.