Airbags are meant to save lives. They inflate when a car has been in an
accident so that a driver and passengers avoid injuries. However, when
these devices malfunction, they cause more harm than good.
Common Airbag Malfunctions
Over the last two decades, 3 million vehicles have been recalled for airbag
malfunctions. These problems occur for many reasons. At times, they over
inflate and explode with extreme power, inflate at a wrong angle, or fail
to inflate at all. Numerous reports show that airbags often deploy when
cars experience sudden jerks from road conditions, contain faulty components,
or have been installed incorrectly. This often leads to injuries. Although
innovative ideas are always being created to make airbags safer, they
pose a danger when malfunctions occur.
Injuries Linked to Airbag Malfunction
Although an airbag is designed to prevent injuries that result from a sudden
car collision, malfunction during the inflation process can cause injuries
as well. The most common harms include burns and abrasions. When airbags
inflate faster than they should, they hit the skin at speeds over 200
miles an hour and create friction that burns.
A driver’s airbag is usually placed in the middle part of the steering
wheel. Excessive force from a malfunctioning device can sprain the wrists
or arms. In more severe situations, a malfunctioning airbag causes bone
fractures, head trauma, brain injury, chest injury, or spinal damage.
It is not impossible for a person to suffer an eye injury, a broken jaw,
or a fatal neck injury as well.
When a defective airbag deploys, it can lead to respiratory issues. As
an airbag inflates properly, it generates a harmless gas, which fills
the bag. A normal bag contains holes for venting so that the gas can escape
quickly. When malfunctions occur, inadequate filtering makes the gas spray
out. Besides causing burns, it mixes with the bag’s lubricant to
form a noxious combination. As a person inhales this blend of chemicals,
breathing problems result.
Who is Responsible?
When an airbag malfunctions, it is important to identify who is responsible
for compensation. An auto manufacturer must provide safe products to the
public. Although a car manufacturer may not have created or designed the
defective airbag, the company installed the product and should be held
accountable. Besides using a
defective device, a manufacturer’s team of technicians may contribute human error
to the installation process, which leads to malfunction as well. There
is no recourse but to hold these large car companies responsible for resulting
Contact The Doan Law Firm for Help
The Doan Law Firm understands the pain and suffering that results from air bag malfunctions.
If you or a loved one has been injured by one of these faulty devices,
call us at (800) 349-0000. Our team of lawyers handles cases in personal injury
cases relating to the auto industry. We are available 24-hours a day and
offer free phone consultations. Let us fight for the justice you deserve.