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According to NHTSA, 284 airbag-related deaths, out of which 180 were children, were recorded in a recent period of just 17 years. Airbags are intended to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a car accident. Defective airbags have been responsible for serious and fatal injuries to passengers in the car. They can deploy randomly, fail to deploy, deploy with too much force in any type of car accident regardless of speed. Young children can be particularly vulnerable to faulty airbags or may even be hurt when an airbag deploys. Children sitting in the front seat of a vehicle are more likely to be injured by a deploying airbag, especially when the seat is pushed too far forward.
Primary causes of airbag failure
Common examples of defective airbags in a car accident include:
Deployment with too much force, causing serious injuries
Deployment occurring too slowly, resulting in more injuries than should have occurred
Deployment at the wrong angle
Unnecessary deployment in the case of a minor accident
Lack of deployment when necessary
Explosion at the time of deployment
As injuries caused by airbags have increased in the past years, the NHTSA has required car manufacturers to use "smart" airbag modules, specially designed to reduce airbag-caused injuries, and deaths, adapted to a variety of factors like occupant sizes and positions, and different vehicle speeds and crash angles. However, airbag defects, related to both design and manufacturing, are still responsible for airbag incidents even after the implementation of these standards.
Common airbag injuries followed by a car accident include:
Other serious injuries to the head, torso, and arms
Even though airbags save lives and reduce injuries, they can also cause hidden cardiac and pulmonary injuries and death, especially if the driver or passenger is not wearing a seatbelt or they are involved in low-speed crashes.
Airbag issues may be caused by a mistake that occurred during the manufacturing process, a design flaw, a problem with the way in which the manufacturer installed the airbag, or a failure by the manufacturer to provide adequate operating instructions or warnings in the vehicle’s manual about the airbag.
The latest car models recalled due to airbag issues include, but are not limited to the following:
BMW of North America recalled 2,1K 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, and 550i model year 2006 vehicles equipped with the Sport Seat option and 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i model year 2006 vehicles with standard seats.
BMW of North America (BMW) recalled four X1 xDrive28i and X1 sDrive28i model year 2016-2017 vehicles.
Other recalled BMW cars: 2008-2013 BMW 1 Series; 2000-2013 BMW 3 Series; 2002-2003 BMW 5 Series; 2011-2015 BMW X1; 2007-2010 BMW X3; 2003-2013 BMW X5; 2008-2014 BMW X6; 2010-2011 BMW X6 Hybrid
General Motors recalled 40K Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Spark EV, Caprice PPV and SS model year 2014-2016 vehicles, Buick Encore and Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 model year 2014-2017 vehicles, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Trax, Suburban and Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL model year 2015-2016 vehicles, and GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 model year 2015-2017 vehicles.
Volkswagen Group of America recalled 17,6K Audi A7s model year 2015-2017.
Volkswagen Group of America recalled a total of 5,9K vehicles with seat belt and airbag issues. Included are Audi A7, A4, A6, Volkswagen Golf and Tiguan model year 2017 vehicles and Volkswagen e-Golf 2016 vehicles.
Volkswagen Group of America recalled 11,6K Audi A3 and S3 model year 2017 sedans.
Volvo Car USA recalled 377 S60 and S60 Cross Country, V60 and V60 Cross Country, and XC60 model year 2017 vehicles manufactured August 16, 2016, through October 21, 2016.
Volvo Car USA recalled 5,5K XC90, S90 and V90 Cross Country model year 2017 vehicles.
Volvo Car USA recalled 112 S60, S60CC, V60, V60 Cross Country and XC60 model year 2017 vehicles.
Attention! Takata went bankrupt. We do not take anymore Takata airbag cases.
How can we help if you had a car accident and an airbag caused you injuries?
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we know how to fight the airbag manufacturer and car companies to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We are experienced in resolving airbag claims and have the knowledge to help with your airbag claim. With the help of engineers and accident reconstruction experts, Sean Cleary, our product liability lawyer, can evaluate and assess the accident to see if the airbag functioned correctly.
Airbags are supposed to deploy when certain sensors are triggered, for example after an accident at a certain speed. But our clients have reported their airbags deploying when driving at very small speed or when no accident even occurred. They could have been driving on a highway or could have been sitting in a parking lot. We've also seen airbag units with corrosion and rust, which could cause or contribute to an airbag not deploying after an accident.
If you incurred medical expenses, we can fight to get all of your medical bills reimbursed or paid for out of any settlement or verdict for the injuries caused by the faulty airbag. We can also seek compensation for any out of pocket expenses you have and for your lost wages, in addition to pain and suffering.
Sean Cleary can investigate and prove that the airbag or the component that caused your serious injury was defective and that the defect made the airbag unreasonably dangerous. Once you call us, we will be able to evaluate your case free of charge. If your case is valid, we will then need a copy of the accident report, documents regarding the purchase of the vehicle, pictures taken at the scene of the accident and a copy of your medical records. Sean Cleary will file the claim on your behalf and negotiate a fair settlement or take your case to court if liable parties refuse to settle.
We look forward to speaking with you about your specific airbag injury to see how we can help you with your claim. We work on a contingency fee, which means we don't get paid any money unless you get compensated.Contact our firm now or call 305.416.9805.
The dust released from an airbag after deployment is not toxic, but rather a mixture of corn-based powder that helps the rapid propulsion of the airbag. It might cause irritation of the throat and itching, watery eyes.
Are Side Airbags (SABs) Mandatory for New Vehicles? »
Currently, side airbags are not required by law for new vehicles. However, in the future, manufacturers will be required to offer updated protection performance. It is estimated that side airbags can reduce serious chest injuries in collisions by approximately 25%.
Airbags work in 99% of the cases; however, there are rare exceptions where they might inflate accidentally or fail to deploy in a car crash. Defective airbags can cause severe injuries and should be dealt with in legal terms. If you suffer injuries because of an airbag failure you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer who will help you receive fair compensation.
Do You Have to Wear the Seat Belt in Order for the Airbag to Work? »
No, you do not have to wear the seatbelt in order for the airbag to work, as airbags and seat belts operate independently. When a collision occurs, seat belts distribute the energy created by the impact around the body in order to protect it from severe impact. Airbags assist in the protection of a car’s occupants, independently of seat belts.
The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) created the Safety Ratings to provide information about crash protection and rollover safety. A five-star rating only means increased safety on a relative scale. It means 10% or less chance of severe injuries, but you can still receive serious injuries.