The defective automotive product attorneys at the Law Offices of Gregory Krasovsky provide legal support and representation to any plaintiff seeking to pursue a legitimate defective airbag lawsuit. In order to successfully take on large automotive companies, it is necessary to have a competent defective airbag attorney to help you navigate the legal hurdles. Contact a defective airbag lawyer to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you secure a just defective airbag settlement.
Defective airbags directly endanger the lives of the occupants of a vehicle by turning a safety mechanism into a possible cause of injury. An airbag can be defective for a number of reasons. The following are the most common types of airbag defects:
Airbags that deploy at the wrong time
Airbags that deploy with too much power
Airbags that deploy too slowly to prevent injury
Airbags that deploy in accidents that do not warrant airbags
Airbags that do not deploy at all
Although airbags do prevent serious injury, they do this by striking the driver or passenger with great force. This is very convenient if the collision would have caused the driver or passenger to sustain greater injury, but this is very inconvenient if the driver would not have suffered injury at all in a low speed accident or in no accident at all. Airbags are like a last resort. They should only be deployed when the harms of not deploying them outweigh the harms of deploying them. As such, automotive engineers have designed airbags to deploy only in very dangerous accidents.
However, occasionally, airbags are poorly designed and deploy in the wrong time and the wrong place. In these situations, the driver or passenger might be entitled to compensation if he or she has been injured by the malfunctioning airbag.
Sometimes the sensors that deploy the airbag are at fault. Sometimes, the airbag deployment mechanism simply do not work.
Plaintiffs have successfully held automakers accountable for the injuries caused by defective airbags in a number of lawsuits. In 2003, a women suffered fatal chest injuries from an airbag deployed in a low-speed accident and her family sued For Motor Company and successfully secured a $3.3 million award.
Additionally, there have been many recalls of defective air bags as recently as 2012. For example, Subaru has recalled the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback because the propellant mixture for the deployment of airbags was not correctly mixed to allow the airbag to be deployed with sufficient force to save lives. Fortunately, Subaru had detected the defects in its manufacturing process and recalled the products before serious injuries have occurred. Honda, Toyota, Kia, and Audi have all initiated airbag recalls in the past two years as well.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective airbag, you are entitled to compensation. Contact one of our competent attorneys today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
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