In a car accident, drivers and passengers depend on a few key safety features to prevent them from seriously injuring. While some features, such as crumple zones, may be built into the car’s structure, seat belts and air bags affect car occupants most directly. These two safety features are crucial to minimizing the force that transfers from a collision to a person’s body. When airbags are defective, however, car crash victims may be at risk of unnecessarily suffering serious injury.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident because of a failed airbag, contact the Oklahoma personal injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm today at (405) 239-7046.
Types of Defects
To protect a driver or passenger from the impact of a collision, an airbag must deploy with great force at precisely the right moment. Any slight defect in the system could cause the bag to fail. Some of the common types of airbag defects include:
- The defective sensor doesn’t register the impact or trigger deployment
- The release mechanism becomes jammed or unresponsive
- Airbag releases too early or too late
- Airbag deploys with too little force or fails to deploy
- Airbag deploys with too much force
- Airbag deploys randomly when there has been no collision
These defects could cause the airbag system to fail completely, leaving the car’s occupants vulnerable to an accident’s full impact. Victims of an airbag defect may experience whiplash, head trauma, or other injuries to the neck and back. If this has happened to you or someone you know, you may have legal grounds to file a lawsuit for personal injury. The car manufacturer, airbag manufacturer, or installation mechanic may be liable for your injuries, and you may be entitled to financial compensation.
No consumer should have to bear the burden of a harmful defect caused by the negligence of another party. To learn how to initiate a product liability lawsuit to recover payment for your injuries and damages, contact the Oklahoma product liability attorneys of the Abel Law Firm by calling (405) 239-7046.