What are airbag defects?

While intended to help prevent injuries in an accident, airbag defects may actually cause severe injuries. Obviously, if an airbag fails to deploy, there may be an airbag claim. However, there may be other types of airbag claims.

What are some examples of airbag defects?

Aggressive airbags that deploy at excessive speeds can cause head or neck injuries or other broken bones. Children are especially susceptible to injuries and or death caused by an airbag. They should always been seated upright and as far away from an airbag as possible.

Late deploying airbags can fail to protect an occupant from contact with the interior of the vehicle, thus causing injuries that could have been avoided.

Airbags with a low deployment threshold can deploy at inopportune times in low speed impacts. These are often collisions that would have been injury free, if not for the airbag impacting the occupant.

There may be an airbag case if any of these factors apply:
• The airbag deployed in a collision which was slower than 10 miles an hour;
• The airbag failed to deploy and there is obvious damage to the front bumper;
• The airbag deployed late;
• The occupant is severely injured in spite of, or because of the airbag deployment.

Takata exploding airbags – Warning

In October 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an urgent warning to 7.8 million drivers about the potential dangers posed by air bags made by Takata Corp., which can explode with excessive force and kill or seriously injure the front seat occupants of affected vehicles. Tokyo-based Takata is one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers in the world, manufacturing air bag systems, safety belts, steering wheels, and numerous other parts, all of which are used in vehicles made by various automakers. The defect is linked to the air bags’ inflator systems, which can shoot metal fragments from the devices into the car like shrapnel. Airbags on both the driver’s and passenger’s side can explode, even as a result of a fender bender or other minor collision.

Car owners can check the NHTSA website at www.SaferCar.gov for their automobile VIN periodically to see if they are affected by the Takata air bag defect. Manufacturers will continue to add VINs to the database. Once owner recall notices are available, owners can retrieve a copy from SaferCar.gov, or will receive one by U.S. mail and are advised to carefully follow the enclosed instructions.

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