In order to have a viable claim, you would ultimately have to prove that if the airbags had deployed you would not have injured your shoulder. This may be difficult and probably not worthwhile if your injury is not very serious, as car manufacturers make these cases very difficult.
To answer your question, yes it is fairly common. Any other question(s)?
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