Airbag Defects are Common in Cars, Trucks, and SUVs
When an airbag deploys, it inflates with force approaching 2,000 lbs. and a speed of up to 200 mph. It is not surprising, then, that injuries often occur when drivers and passengers are seated less than 10 to 12 inches from the steering wheel or dashboard.
Our airbag defect lawyers understand that airbags were designed for individuals approximately 5’8” in height and weighing 180 pounds. As a result, airbags pose a substantial hazard to shorter motorists and especially to children. Our airbag defect attorneys are trained to look for the specific problems with airbags that lead to injury.
Some common airbag defects and problems include:
- Airbag fails to deploy upon impact
- Airbag deploys with too much force
- Airbag inflates at the wrong angle
- Airbag inflates too slowly
- Airbag deploys with low or no impact
Faulty airbags can cause injuries such as:
- Facial fractures
- Head, neck, and spinal cord damage
- Ruptured eyes
- Burns and severe bruising
Our airbag defect attorneys can identify problems inherent in defective airbags. We have resolved many auto defect matters and can decide the best strategy for handling your unique case. Our attorneys can help you seek to recover money for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical bills, and other financial damages.
Houston Takata Airbag Defect Attorneys
Millions of vehicles across the world are equipped with defective Takata airbags that can cause serious injury or death during an accident. The defect, which is magnified in vehicles exposed to long-term heat and humidity, causes Takata airbags to rupture and explode with unreasonably dangerous force. As a result, in the event of deployment, Takata airbags quite literally blow up and shoot metal and plastic shrapnel throughout the vehicle. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident where your airbag exploded, call our Takata airbag defect attorneys today. You have a right to bring a personal injury claim against the responsible parties and recover compensation for your injuries.
Airbag Recalls & Consumer Safety
With so many drivers taking to the roadways across the country, it is important to consider different ways to optimize highway safety. This includes ensuring that all the moving parts of a vehicle are in working order and not at risk for defect or failure in a way that can lead to dangerous, injury-causing accidents. Unfortunately, defects or errors do happen and can often affect individual parts of a vehicle that are critical to its overall safety, even those that are not visible, like airbags.
Since airbags were first introduced in 1990, millions of vehicles have been recalled due to airbag defects. As recently as October 2008, Nissan recalled more than 200,000 vehicles after the company discovered a potential airbag sensor problem.
The main function of an airbag is simple—protection. In the event of a collision, an airbag can help prevent more serious injury.
An airbag may deploy from a number of areas in the vehicle, including:
- Steering wheel
- Above side windows
- Within the seat
Although airbags vary from vehicle to vehicle (depending on the make and model), one thing is clear—it is critical that they are in working order and free from any potential defect, including those outlined in safety recalls.
Contact our Houston Airbag Defect Attorneys Today
If you were injured in a car accident because your airbag did not function properly, you might be entitled to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer and recover compensation for your injuries. At The Ammons Law Firm, we focus our practice on this area of the law. Our Houston airbag defect attorneys have the training, resources, and experience needed to fight a multi-national manufacturer and win. Do not risk your recovery with a personal injury law firm that does not know how to prosecute auto defect claims. Trust The Ammons Law Firm and our decades of success.