Over the past year, airbags have been in the news for many of the wrong reasons. Several automakers have been forced to issue recalls for defective airbags. The most prominent airbag recall involved nearly 8 million vehicles containing defective Takata airbags that potentially propel metal shrapnel upon deployment.
Most airbags are located inside the steering wheel or in the dashboard panel and are connected to a crash sensor. The sensor sends a signal to deploy the airbag when the vehicle is in a severe collision. The purpose of the airbag is to protect the driver and passengers, but in the case of defective airbags, they have been known to cause additional injuries that can be fatal.
Airbags deploy in a fraction of a second at speed over 100 miles per hour. When an airbag malfunctions, it is generally caused by a malfunctioning crash sensor that (a) does not deploy the airbag, (b) deploys the airbag at the wrong time, or (c) deploys one airbag but not another.
Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit
If you have been injured in a collision in which the airbag malfunctioned, you could bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the airbag. Depending on the facts of the case, there may be several other parties that a claim could be brought against as well. The vehicle’s manufacturer or any party that was responsible for maintenance, inspection or replacement of the airbag could potentially share in liability.
In order to bring a product liability claim for a defective airbag, it will be important that you preserve the evidence (i.e. the airbag). After an accident, it may be difficult to immediately recover the airbag, but even if you cannot retrieve the airbag, taking pictures of the defective product will help.
Finding a Product Liability Attorney
If you have been injured by a defective airbag, you should consult with an experienced product liability attorney as soon as possible. Once you have hired an attorney, an investigation team can be sent to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim. At Arnold & Itkin, we offer free initial consultations to inform you about your legal rights. Contact our product liability attorneys today to learn how we can help you.