Once upon a time, vehicles were not manufactured with air bags.
Today, research shows that airbags save countless lives each year. However, research has also shown that airbags particularly side ones, have caused injuries.
There are vehicles with side impact airbags that have proven to be unsafe, resulting in a recall – those that deployed unexpectedly caused harm to drivers or their passengers. An earlier study stated that drivers over 6 feet 3 inches were associated with a 5 percent greater risk of serious injury then for drivers shorter than 4 feet 11 inches.
Side airbags are designed to protect occupants in crashes, such as at intersections or when a vehicle veers off the road and crashes side-on into an object, in a rollover crash or when two vehicles have an adjacent angle crash.
An airbag can cause an injury if:
- it fails to open
- it deploys in a low-impact crash
- the manufacturer fails to install it in the vehicle
- it was incorrectly installed
A defective airbag can cause injury to the eye, neck, head, brain, spine or torso.
Over the last several years, more than one million recalls were related to airbag safety problems.
If you or a family member has been injured due to a defective airbag, you may be able to file a claim based on strict liability law and negligence against the manufacturer of the airbag and vehicle. However, airbag lawsuits can be complicated.
Contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorney at the law offices of Welebir | Tierney for an evaluation of your case.