Injury type: Auto accident injuries due to defective or non-functioning airbags.
Causes: Airbags which deploy at the wrong time or do not deploy at all at the time of an accident.
Prevention: Be aware of any airbag recalls or safety precautions surrounding potential airbag failure.
Treatment: May require hospitalization due to serious defective airbag injury.
Related topics: Automobile Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injury
An airbag is a type of supplemental safety device that is designed to provide additional safety to passengers in an automobile during a any accident or crash. Although not intended as primary safety devices, rather as a supplement to seat belts and other safety features of an automobile, airbags reduce the chance that an occupant’s upper body or head will strike the vehicle’s interior during a crash. Both frontal and side-impact air bags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe crashes.
However, airbags sometimes deploy at the wrong time and can even fail to deploy altogether. Serious injuries and even death can occur from airbags failing to open. Airbags are designed to deploy when a vehicle in forward motion decelerates quickly. Most airbag systems are created to sense vehicle deceleration corresponding to a frontal collision at speeds in excess of 20 to 25 mph. When airbags fail to deploy under these conditions, passengers don�t have the benefit of protection they expect from the airbag and can incur injuries that could have been prevented. With the rapid production of airbags, there has been a corresponding reduction in the severity of some crash-related injuries, and many lives have been saved by airbags which function properly. Unfortunately, there has been an alarming increase in the number of injuries and fatalities reported as the result of airbags failing to deploy. Defective airbags are in cars everywhere, and drivers often don’t discover this until it is too late.
Airbag Failures Prompt Auto Makers to Issue Recalls
Since their invention in the 1950s, up through development during the 1970s and finally institution as a required feature in the 1980s, airbags have become an important factor in decreasing injuries of those involved in automotive accidents. Airbags function as supplemental safety devices designed to work with seat belts to minimize injuries in vehicle accidents. In theory, airbags reduce the chance that the occupant of a vehicle’s upper body or head will strike the vehicle’s interior during a crash, thus decreasing the incidence of injury. Both frontal and side-impact air bags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe crashes.
During a car accident various sensors throughout the vehicle determine the severity of the crash. An onboard computer, called the Electronic Control Unit (ECU), processes the information and, in an event of moderate to severe crash, it sends a signal to the inflater inside the air bag module. At that point the airbag is supposed to inflate, protecting the vehicle’s occupants from serious injury as a result of striking the vehicle’s interior. As a result of the effectiveness of initial driver and passenger front airbags, the adoption of rear-passenger and side-impact curtain airbags has become more common over the last decade, in an attempt to create the highest degree of safety possible.
Unfortunately, as the number of airbags being placed in new cars has increased, so has the overall need for the airbags themselves. Thus, more airbags are manufactured and the overall quality of the airbags produced has seen some degree of decline. One way this decrease in quality has become apparent is in the increasing incidence of defective airbags and airbag failure in automobiles produced both in the United States and abroad. Because drivers usually never have the chance to test the airbags in their vehicle until the airbag’s functionality becomes a matter of life or death, the possibility of defective airbags has lead manufacturers of a variety of automobiles to issue manufacturers recalls for the airbags in the vehicles, if there exists a possibility that the airbags might malfunction or there might occur airbag failure.
If you or anyone you know have been injured in an auto accident as a result of an airbag failure, or as a result of a defective airbag, simply fill out the Defective Airbags Case Evaluation Form to be put in touch with a capable defective airbag attorney or airbag failure lawyer today!