Many drivers rely on their vehicle’s airbags to provide them with extra protection in the event of a car accident. However, these very things that are supposed to keep us safe can sometimes cause more harm than good. Although most airbags operate as intended, some have defects that cause them to operate unexpectedly, causing serious injuries or even death.
How Airbags Cause Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 284 people were killed by airbags between 1990 and 2007. Of these, 180 were children. Others were injured by airbags during this same time period. These injuries and deaths are often caused by airbags that deploy at the wrong time or fail to deploy at all.
There are various reasons why an airbag would malfunction. The malfunction could be caused by a defect during the manufacturing process or a design flaw. It could also be installed or assembled incorrectly by an unskilled technician. The airbag could have a defect such as inaccurate software, venting problems, improper folding, outdated technology, or overpowered inflators. The airbag may have been created without enough crash sensors. In addition, it may be untethered.
Types of Injuries Caused by Airbags
When airbags work improperly, they can cause many injuries or even death. Due to the placement of the airbags within a vehicle, most injuries affect the upper body, such as the head and arms. Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury, may be caused by defective airbags. Other possible injuries include broken bones, burns from the airbag, hearing difficulties, and more. The burns may be friction, thermal or chemical burns, and could be caused by airbag chemicals, abrasion caused by bodily contact with the airbag, and melted clothing related to hot gases. Contact a Sayville dangerous product lawyer if you are a victim of a defective car part such as this.
How to Stay Safe
As a driver, you may take certain actions that could reduce risk of airbag injuries, such as being aware of any recalls or safety issues affecting your vehicle. Everyone in the vehicle should be properly secured with an approved seat belt. Children should sit in the back seat whenever possible and in the appropriate car seat or booster seat, if necessary. If it is absolutely necessary to have a child sit in the front seat, turn off the airbag.
Contacting a Lawyer
Although it is assumed that airbags will operate safely and work as intended, there are no guarantees. Just like any other type of product, airbags can malfunction and cause injuries. If you have a claim related to an airbag or any other defective car part, have a lawyer review your case. Call Gacovino, Lake & Associates today at 1-800-246-4878 to speak with a Sayville dangerous product lawyer.