Air bag defect cases typically involve grievous injuries and are usually the vehicle manufacturer’s fault. During the construction, the vehicle is fitted with a safety system that deploys in the event of a crash. This system is supposed to save lives and minimize injury, but when not installed correctly, it can turn a life-saving device into a deadly one. Unfortunately, many things can go wrong during installation, and even the slightest mistake can mean a major flaw in design.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF MOST AIR BAG DEFECT CASES?
There are many problems that a deployable safety system may present. These include:
- Installing an air bag that’s too large. When a device that’s too large deploys, it has a tendency to strike the driver or passenger during deployment. This can force a person’s head back and cause serious neck, spine or head injuries.
- Not securing the inflatable during installation. If the inflatable is not tethered properly to the inside of the vehicle during construction, it may move unpredictably in the cabin during deployment. An untethered inflatable may also strike a passenger or the driver during deployment.
- An air bag that does not fill properly during deployment. If the inflatable does not fill completely, an occupant may be thrown into the dashboard, resulting in severe or fatal injuries. In effect, a poorly filled inflatable provides little protection, even compared to vehicles without safety systems.
- Safety systems that are too sensitive. During the installation, the safety system is calibrated so that it does not deploy during minor accidents or bumps. If not calibrated properly, the inflatable may deploy when it is not supposed to, causing injury or putting the driver in a dangerous position.
- Air bags that fail to deploy. Drivers and passengers expect protection in the event of an accident. If the safety system is so badly flawed that it will not deploy, though, every crash has a high chance of being fatal.
HOW ARE AIR BAG DEFECT CASES HANDLED?
A personal injury attorney regularly challenges automotive makers responsible for a malfunctioning safety system. In most instances, an attorney will argue that a flawed safety system is a breach of warranty, both expressed and implied. Sold vehicles are expected to meet listed safety standards, and when they don’t due to a malfunctioning safety system, this constitutes an instance of product liability.
Defective product claims can be filed against the vehicle manufacturer, the manufacturer responsible for making the safety system, and the vehicle seller. If the victim’s injuries were primarily due to a poorly deployed safety system, the victim may be able to pursue a claim effectively. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, the victim will be able to secure a higher settlement, which may be essential for paying for expensive medical treatments and other expenses.