January 13, 2021 |
Car Accident Attorneys
, The Barnes Firm
While vehicle safety equipment saves thousands of lives annually, in some cases your car’s safety equipment may pose a risk. In fact, the expert accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm are often asked about which items pose risks to family and friends, including vehicle airbags subject to recalls. Ensuring a car has safe airbags is crucial, as one with defects could malfunction during an accident—and in extreme cases, may make an accident even worse.
In fact, certain manufacturers produced their airbags with ammonium nitrate, which under certain weather conditions – such as heat and humidity – can explode in a car crash. These chemical are harmful as they fly through the air causing lacerations and other injuries to victims’ faces, necks, and elsewhere.
With years of experience in personal injury law, the Los Angeles team of expert attorneys at the Barnes Firm take the time to explain the dangers of air bags and why millions of vehicles have been recalled as a result of hazardous air bags. If you are concerned your vehicle has defective air bag, contact your dealership for repair or replacement. If you or a loved one has suffered injury due to a defective air bag, call on the expert attorneys at The Barnes Firm Community, and read on for more information.
Common Airbag Defects
While airbags, in most cases, work to save lives, sometimes faulty air bags fail to do so. Common airbags defects include the failure to function and deploy, a too powerful deployment, or deployment when there is no crash.
Millions of vehicles have been recalled due to defective airbags. One such recall involved Takata airbags which exploded sending metal shrapnel into passengers. Another incident involved Fiat-Chrysler airbags with faulty wiring which resulted in random airbag deployment. In a similar scenario, Mazda recalled vehicles whose airbags failed to deploy in an accident due to a wiring issue.
In other cases, sensors have deployed driver-side airbags in a crash but not passenger air bags, or sometimes airbags have deployed too late. In another circumstance, airbags have been shown to be harmful for those who are shorter or taller than average as well as older adults.
Common Airbag Injuries
Malfunctioning airbags can cause serious injuries or death, but even when air bags deploy properly, injuries can still result. Some of the most common air bag deployment injuries are burns, abrasions, eye injuries, and irritation of the lungs (due to chemicals released at deployment).
When otherwise safe airbags fail to deploy properly, more serious injuries can occur including head, neck, and torso injuries like:
- Skull fractures
- Spinal fractures
- Rib fractures
- Internal bleeding/injuries
Call on The Barnes Firm for Assistance After An Accident
Following any car accident, particularly one in which you are injured by a defective air bag, call on the expert team at The Barnes Firm for guidance. The Barnes Firm will provide a FREE case evaluation with the best car accident lawyers who can answer your questions honestly and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Whether you are seeking lost wages due to injury, payment of medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, or punitive damages; The Barnes Firm can help guide you successfully through the process to the best possible outcome.