Airbags have become standard in all automobiles in order to protect motorists in the case of an auto collision. Airbags are meant to prevent drivers and passengers from hitting their heads on the dashboard, windshield, steering wheel, or other objects that may result in traumatic brain injuries and other types of head trauma. Additionally, side airbags are intended to keep motorists from being ejected out of the side of a vehicle in the case of rollovers and similar accidents. Despite their safety benefits, airbags also have the potential to be defective and cause injury.
Problems with deployment
In recent years, many cases have been filed regarding airbags defects and resulting injuries. Some of these cases involve the following:
- Spontaneous deployment of the airbag in the absence of any type of collision—which generally leads a driver to lose control and crash.
- Deployment of the airbag with too great of force that causes broken bones in the face, arms, and other serious injuries.
- Airbags that explode on deployment due to defective inflators,1 often releasing metal shards or other internal parts into the vehicle and causing lacerations, puncture wounds, or death to motorists
- Failure to deploy in the event of a crash.
If you have been injured by any type of airbag malfunction, you can bring a legal claim based on products liability2 principles. These principles include that every manufacturer has the responsibility to sell a reasonably safe product and should be held responsible for negligently selling or failing to recall a product that may be defective or dangerous and that may cause injury to consumers.
Contact an experienced St. Louis personal injury attorney for a free consultation today
If you have suffered injuries due to a defective airbag or any other type of defective auto part, you always want to seek representation by an attorney who understands the complex legal issues that may arise in products liability cases. Facing a large manufacturing corporation in court is never easy, however, attorney Kenneth P. Carp has the skill and resources necessary to protect your rights to compensation from a negligent company. To discuss a potential personal injury case, call 636-947-3600 today.