Did your airbag(s) fail to deploy in a car accident? Were you further harmed due to this failure? Through a product liability lawsuit, you may be able to seek monetary damages.
Car accidents happen when we least expect them. Even though all modern cars have airbags, it’s difficult to predict how, when, and (most importantly) if they’re going to deploy. Airbags (also referred to as “air bags”) create a soft barrier between the driver or passengers and other parts of the car. However, not all airbags work as they should; cases of improper or failed deployment of air bags have led to serious injuries as well as death.
If you were injured after your airbags failed to deploy in an accident, it’s your legal right to get compensation under product liability law.
Here are some manufacturer-based reasons why airbags may fail to function as they were intended:
- Lack of Internal Tethers: specialized straps help the bag inflate in a flat and wide shape; this helps cushion the body in a soft manner. However, if these internal tethers fail or are not available, the airbag inflates to a round shape, bringing it much closer to the car occupant and making it more dangerous.
- Faulty Crash Sensors: Airbags come equipped with sensors making them respond to a crash in a timely manner. However, some of these sensors in defective cars go off unnecessarily, making the airbags deploy at odd times, even where there’s no collision.
- Failure to Carry Out Comprehensive Test Crashes: Some car manufactures release vehicles into the market without thoroughly testing the airbag system. For instance, the manufacturer might fail to test how these airbags would deploy in a number of different scenarios.
- Super Powerful Inflators: Some airbags come fitted with single-force inflators which have since been replaced with multi-force inflators. Single-force inflators usually fail to apply even pressure during deployment, thus causing injury.
Texas product liability laws allow you to file a lawsuit against car manufactures in the event of a car accident injury or wrongful death which was directly attributed to faulty airbag deployment. Rasansky Law firm has dealt with numerous car accident and product liability cases, making us the go-to Dallas personal injury lawyers if you’re ever involved in an accident. Call us at 1-877-405-4313 any time of the day and we’ll be more than happy to serve you. You can also reach us by filling in the online form to the right. Our Dallas lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, making us accessible to everyone seeking our services. We look forward to defending your rights, and thank you for choosing us.
By Jeff Rasansky