Airbags detonate with more than 1,200 pounds of force and at speeds that can exceed 230 miles per hour. Late or unnecessary airbag deployments have left hundreds of passengers injured, maimed or killed since the product became an industry standard in the 1990s. The manufacturers’ failure to test on smaller individuals is now being blamed for the overwhelming number of deaths and injuries.
Airbags deploy rapidly and can cause serious, even fatal injuries to passengers. Proper seating position and safety restraints are extremely important to your safety. A passenger should never rely on just an airbag to protect them in a collision.
If you or someone you know has been injured by an airbag, contact us immediately. Know your rights and make sure that you recover for your losses.
There are two types of airbags that are currently used in today’s vehicles.
- Frontal Airbags: Also referred to as “depowered” airbags, this product has been standard equipment in all passenger cars since model year 1998 and all SUVs, pickup trucks and vans since model year 1999.
During moderate to severe frontal crashes, these devices inflate to prevent passengers from hitting the interior of the vehicle. However, negligent design causes late or unnecessary deployment, which has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries.
- Side-Impact Airbags (SABs): Inflatable devices that are designed to help protect your head and/or chest in the event of a serious side-impact collision. SABs differ from frontal airbags in that they stay inflated for several seconds during the collision (for additional protection).
Chest SABs are mounted in the side of the seat or in the door and are designed to help protect an adult’s chest in a serious side-impact collision. Head SABs are usually mounted on the roof rail above the side windows and are designed to help protect an adult’s head in a side-impact collision. Negligent design causes late or unnecessary deployment with SABs as well, resulting in serious injuries.
If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective airbag, please call us at (516) 342-2200 or fill out the online contact form for immediate attention to your case.