Next to seat belts, airbags are some of the most important modern automobile safety features. Under usual circumstances, in the event of a wreck, the airbags will deploy to help protect passenger occupants from more severe injuries. They will deploy rapidly, and keep passenger occupants from being thrown into the dashboard or other sharp objects and parts of the vehicle. That being said, airbags aren’t exactly soft pillows of air. The force and speed involved in car accidents are so great that the rapid deployment of airbags can actually cause some injuries to passenger occupants. Thankfully, in most cases, these injuries are much less severe than they would have been, had the airbags not deployed at all. When airbags fail to deploy, passenger occupants are at risk for severe, catastrophic or even life threatening injuries.Design and Manufacturing Defects
Unfortunately, we’ve seen a lot of news about defective airbags in the recent months and years. We’ve seen anything from airbags not deploying when they’re supposed to, to defective inflators exploding and injuring or killing passenger occupants. In most cases, airbags that don’t deploy or deploy or explode at inappropriate times are almost always caused by manufacturing or design defects. Car accidents that involve defective airbags need to be reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and to the vehicle’s manufacturer as soon as possible. Additionally, it’s also crucial to speak with a personal injury attorney who has proven product liability case experience.Airbag Non-Deployment During a Second Car Accident
If your airbag failed to deploy after a second car accident, you may be dealing with a counterfeit airbag. After a car accident where airbags deploy, they will need to be replaced. This can happen at a smaller auto body shop, depending upon your situation. Unfortunately, it’s not unheard of some of these smaller shops being sold counterfeit airbags from crooked overseas manufacturers. These airbags are completely useless and will not perform to adequate safety standards, and in many cases they will not deploy in the event of a crash. If your airbags failed to deploy during a second or third car accident, you need to bring that information to your insurer and to your personal injury lawyer.Airbag Non-Deployment Injuries Are Preventable
Injuries caused by airbag non-deployment are completely preventable. Airbags are modern and important pieces of safety equipment in automobiles, and they should always perform as they were designed to do. Nobody should suffer from a catastrophic, severe or fatal injury because an airbag didn’t deploy. All safety equipment, including airbags and seat belts, should be up to standard and perform safely, effectively and efficiently when they’re needed. Manufacturing or design defects involving airbags can lead to serious injury risk to passenger occupants.Expenses Associated With Airbag Failure to Deploy
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving airbag non-deployment, you could be looking at extensive hospital bills. The initial emergency room visit is just the beginning. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you could be facing weeks, months or longer in the hospital. During this time, you will be out of work, either temporarily or permanently, and one of your loved ones may also be out of work taking care of you. Medical bills quickly pile up, as money to pay day-to-day bills dries up fast.Defective Airbags and Product Liability
Product liability involving defective airbags and other faulty auto parts is an important part of personal injury law. Consumers are counting on manufacturers to produce and sell safe products and automobiles. At the very least, products should perform as they’re designed and marketed, and safely. Nobody should be put at risk due to a dangerous or defective product. After any type of car accident involving a defective airbag or other type of faulty auto part, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven product liability case experience.Jackson Airbag Non-Deployment Lawyer
When shopping for a new or used vehicle, many of us take the safety features into account. We want to know that our families are going to have the best protection possible in the event of a car accident. Families in Jackson and around the nation are counting on airbags to deploy when they’re needed. If they don’t, preventable devastating injuries can occur.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving airbag non-deployment in Jackson or in any of the surrounding Metro Area communities, contact the skilled and proven Product Liability team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for a free case consultation.