Airbags can save lives, but they can be very dangerous for adults, and especially for children. Depending on the severity of the crash, they can deploy at speeds up to 186 miles/hour. Children under 13 are thought to be at risk if in the front seat, where airbags are sure to deploy.
Car airbags can save lives but, yes, they are dangerous for a child who is traveling in the front seat. Statistics show that in the last 10 years airbags have saved the lives of people who might have died otherwise. However, experts say a child should not be placed on the seat next to the driver as the airbags will open right in front of him or her and can do as much harm as the accident itself.
To ensure maximum protection, an airbag must open almost immediately after the accident, so it is released from the dashboard very quickly at speeds that can go up to 320 kilometers per hour. Therefore, the baby is exposed to a high risk when the airbag inflates in front of him or her.
Airbags can be dangerous for older children, too, if they travel in the front seat. They have more sensitive backs, necks, and stomach muscles and have a large head compared to their body proportions, so it is difficult for them to maintain a correct position even during a light collision. Thus, it is most likely that they will be hit directly by the airbag while it expands.
That being said, you should not let your children travel in the front seat if the airbags next to him are active. Otherwise, a case based on injuries sustained by a child in a car accident, due to the child seat's manufacturing mistakes, will be harder to win.
Anytime you are involved in an automobile accident, you should contact an experienced auto accident lawyer as soon as possible. If the airbag was defective, you may be able to build a strong automotive products liability case. These cases can be very complex and the right experienced lawyer can advise you of your rights and the available remedies.
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we have significant experience in defective airbag cases. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective airbag, our skilled staff can help you file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. While you focus on your recovery, we will gather all the necessary paperwork, consult accident specialists and build the case to ensure you receive just compensation for your injuries and damages. We pursue justice with commitment and provide quality legal representation on which you can rely.