Defective Air Bags
What do people fear most about car crashes? It could be the pain of another car smashing into yours. Maybe it's the aches felt for weeks, months, or even years after the accident has passed. It might even be the emotional discomfort and remembering the scariness of the situation.
But what happens when the very devices meant to keep you safe cause you pain and injury? It can be physically and emotionally scarring when a defective airbag is the reason for your injuries.
What Are the Types of Air Bag Defects?
There are several types of air bag defects that can hurt drivers and passengers:
- Overly Aggressive Air Bags – Overly aggressive air bags inflate too quickly - sometimes faster than 200 mph - and go too far into a person's space.
- Oversized Air Bags – Oversized air bags are too large and shoot out farther than they should.
- Untethered Air Bags – Air bags usually have tethers, which are cloth strips that are sewn onto the inside of the air bags to limit their movement while they inflate. Untethered air bags don't limit how far the air bag reaches.
- Low Deployment Threshold – Air bags are not necessary in accidents where the collision happens at a very low speed. When air bags have a low deployment threshold, they inflate anyway, and make the car accident more serious than it would have been otherwise.
- System Malfunctions – Defective electrical systems or sensors can cause an air bag to inflate at the wrong time, like when you're starting your car, or when you hit a pothole. On the other hand, the system might not work correctly and the air bag might not inflate when you're in a crash. Each can cause you serious injuries.
While you can't prevent an air bag defect, you can lower your risk of being hurt by following some simple air bag safety tips:
- Buckle up. An air bag works best when you're wearing a seat belt.
- Tilt the steering wheel. Make sure the wheel faces downward so that the air bag would go toward your chest instead of your head or neck if you're in an accident. If you're pregnant, take extra care that the wheel is tilted toward your chest, not your head or belly.
- Distance yourself. The danger zone for an air bag is the first 2 to 3 inches from where it inflates. If you're a passenger in the front seat, you should be ten inches away from the air bag at all times, and it's best if you move the seat all the way back. If you're the driver, you should have the seat as far back as possible, but still be able to reach the pedals easily.
- Kids in the back. Always. Children ages 12 and under should always sit in the back seat and wear seat belts. Children who ride in the front seat are at risk for serious injury if an air bag inflates.
- Never put a car seat in the front. Because the air bag inflates with extreme force close to the dashboard, you should NEVER put an infant in a rear-facing car seat in the front. The force alone could kill the child. Read the owner's manual for your vehicle and the instructions for the child safety seat to properly install it. Read about Read about choosing the proper car seat.
If a child must sit in the front seat, take precautions. When a child has to ride in a seat with an air bag, follow these steps:
- Use a booster seat plus a seat belt that goes over the lap and shoulder, or just the seat belt, depending on the size of the child.
- Push the seat as far back as possible.
- Make sure the child sits with his or her back against the back of the seat, with the seat belt against his or her body.
- Turn off the passenger airbag, if possible. Some vehicles automatically turn off if a passenger weighs under a certain amount.
Seriously Injured by a Defective Air Bag?
If you were seriously injured in a car accident because of a defective air bag, you may have a case against the manufacturer, distributor, or even the retailer of the air bag. But, you may have questions:
How can I deal with this while I'm still injured? How will I gather evidence, and what will it be like to go up against a huge manufacturing company? Do I even have a case?
Our experienced attorneys are here to give you the answers. We've helped thousands of car accident victims who have been hurt in crashes, including those involving defective airbags. When you hire our firm, we go to work for you.
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