Air Bag Defects
In a car accident, drivers and passengers depend upon a few key safety features to prevent them from being seriously injured. While some features, such as crumple zones, may be built into the car’s structure, the two that affect car occupants most directly are seat belts and air bags. These two safety features are crucial to minimizing the force that transfers from a collision to a person’s body. When air bags are defective, however, car crash victims may be put at risk of unnecessarily suffering serious injury.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a car accident because of a failed air bag, 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 air bag 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 air bag defects include:
- Defective sensor doesn’t register the impact or trigger deployment
- Release mechanism becomes jammed or unresponsive
- Air bag releases too early or too late
- Air bag deploys with too little force or fails to deploy
- Air bag deploys with too much force
- Air bag deploys randomly when there has been no collision
Any of these defects could cause the air bag system to fail completely, leaving the car’s occupants vulnerable to the full impact of an accident. Victims of an air bag 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, air bag 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 you can 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.