How Often Do Airbags Fail?

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.

According to some studies, airbags work in 99% of the cases. They are designed to inflate when a car hits any object head-on and at speeds of more than 12mph. Airbags rarely inflate accidentally or when you hit a bump, a pothole, or if you stop suddenly. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 284 airbag-related deaths were recorded between 1990 and 2007, of which 180 were children.

Although airbags are intended to protect drivers and passengers in the event of an accident, occasionally, however, they can deploy randomly, or they can fail to deploy in a car crash. Defective airbags can cause severe injuries to all car occupants. The Takata cases regarding the random deployment of airbags in vehicles is a good example of defective airbags. There have been some deaths linked to these airbags, as well as millions of recalled vehicles which are equipped with airbags with inflators supplied by Takata.

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