When you purchase a vehicle, you hope that you are getting something that will keep you as safe as possible in the event of an accident.
In today's day and age, all new vehicles are manufactured with airbags. While there is no denying the fact that this safety feature can save lives and prevent serious injuries, it's important to remember one thing: There are times when an airbag causes more harm than good.
Here are some potential problems:
- The manufacturer failed to install airbag
- The airbag (or airbags) fails to deploy in the event of an accident
- The actual deployment of an airbag causes serious injury or even death
With each of these potential problems, the crash victim is not getting what he or she expects from this safety feature.
For example, the Takata airbag recall was the result of airbags deploying along with shrapnel, thus making the cabin even more dangerous during a crash. To date, nearly 200 people have been injured or killed as the result of these faulty airbags.
A motor vehicle accident is dangerous enough without adding faulty airbags into the equation.
If you are injured in a car accident, possibly due to a faulty airbag, don't hesitate to do two things:
- Learn more about the cause of the accident and why your airbags did not protect you.
- Learn more about your legal rights.
You may come to find that you can file a lawsuit against the vehicle or airbag manufacturer to protect your legal rights and receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.
Source: FindLaw, "What To Do When the Air Bag Goes Off," accessed June 05, 2017