Standard since the 1990s, airbags were championed as a mark of the safety engineering can provide. Meant to reduce the chance of upper-body injury in the event of an automotive accident, they have been found to reduce driver fatalities by 29%. Unfortunately, rather than preventing injury, airbags may also cause them. Due to malfunctions or poor construction, a faulty airbag can result in airbag injury.
The issue is not uncommon with a recent vehicle recall due to airbag quality affecting nearly 70 million cars. Find out what leads to a faulty airbag, the common injuries you may experience, and how an attorney can help.
The Parts of an Airbag
There are generally three components to an airbag: the module, which houses and controls the bag and propellant, the crash sensors, and a diagnostic unit. Failure at any one of these parts can cause an airbag injury.
In the event of a crash, sensors on board the vehicle send a signal to the propellants inside the airbag module, which starts a chemical reaction leading to rapid inflation of the bag. The diagnostic unit monitors the system and is meant to alert if something is wrong.
How Can an Airbag Fail?
Common failures of the airbag system can include:
Improper inflation which can lead to less harm reduction in the event of a crash
Leaking inflation can cause respiratory problems
Spontaneous inflation which can cause airbag deployment without a crash
Shrapnel inside the propellant canister can heat up and be expelled
The injuries you can sustain due to these failures may include:
Broken bones, especially around the ribcage
Chemical burns from the propellant
Internal injuries such as bleeding or soft tissue damage
What leads to a faulty airbag and what injuries you may suffer will vary; however, what remains consistent: when you are injured due to a malfunctioning airbag, you should reach out to an attorney.
Kline & Specter Can Help Following an Airbag Injury
The attorneys at Kline & Specter have won many verdicts and settlements with auto product liability claims. They may be able to help you as well.
The law firm provides free and confidential evaluations of potential cases. Kline & Specter handles cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York. For cases outside those states, the law firm works with local attorneys in each state as applicable.