Airbags detonate with more than 1200 pounds of force and at speeds that can exceed 230 miles per hour. While they are undoubtedly an important safety feature, 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 manufacturer’s failure to test on smaller individuals is now being blamed for the overwhelming number of deaths and injuries.
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. We will keep you informed of your rights and make sure that you receive fair compensation for your losses.
Types of Airbags
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 produced since 1998 and in all SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans produced since 1999. During moderate to severe frontal crashes, these devices inflate to prevent passengers from hitting the interior of the vehicle. However, negligent design can cause late or unnecessary deployment, which has resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries.
- Side-Impact Airbags (SABs): These are 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 railing, above the side windows, and are designed to help protect an adult’s head in a side-impact collision.
Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. Today for Your Airbag Injury Claim
While airbags have saved many lives during car accidents, improper design can result in an airbag itself causing an unnecessary injury. If you or a loved one have been injured by a defective airbag please call us at 1-888-575-6410 or fill out an online contact form for immediate attention to your case.