Who Is Responsible for a Defective Airbag?

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When you’re involved in a car accident, you can take solace in the fact that the necessary safety measures are in place to help ensure you stay secure. However, when your airbags don’t deploy, it can lead to severe injuries as you collide with the hard surfaces within your car. If you were the victim of a defective airbag, a Middlesex County product liability attorney is ready to help ensure you receive the justice you deserve.

What Are the Common Defective Airbag Malfunctions?

Airbags are a necessary safety measure put in place to ensure there is a cushion between you and the interior of your vehicle if you are involved in a car crash. Unfortunately, there are many different ways an airbag would malfunction, including the following:

  • The airbags do not deploy
  • The airbags deploy incorrectly
  • It deploys too aggressively
  • The airbag inflates too late

Generally, airbags are supposed to inflate when you’re in an accident. In some instances, they don’t, leaving you susceptible to colliding with the interior of your vehicle. However, some airbags have deployed when hitting a curb or pothole. This can cause an accident, as the driver will likely lose control of the vehicle, as their view is obstructed by the airbags.

Why Do Airbags Fail?

There are a number of reasons that airbags fail, ranging from poor quality control to electrical issues.

One of the most common reasons is that the crash sensors used to detect when your car has been involved in a collision fail. This means the signal telling the airbags to deploy is never sent. This failure can be linked to incorrect sensor installation, faulty design, or improper calibration.

Your airbag can also fail to deploy due to an electrical or computer problem. If there is a defect caused by the design or manufacturing of the vehicle, it can cause an airbag failure or incorrect deployment. Similarly, poor quality control can miss an error, leading to unsafe cars on the road.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

When determining liability for defective airbags, there are different entities that can be held responsible for injuries and damages sustained.

One of the most common entities to face liability for injuries caused by defective products is the manufacturer. If there was an error in the creation and production of the vehicle, they will be held responsible. However, if the flaw is linked to a design error, the product designer is responsible for the damage.

If you were injured as a result of a defective airbag, going up against car manufacturers can be intimidating. You need a seasoned attorney to fight for you. Our firm can help. Give Stathis & Leonardis, LLC a call today to discuss the details of your case.


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