How Serious Are Airbag Defects?

Airbags are without question on of the most important safety features in modern vehicles. Over the years, these devices have saved untold lives, and have prevented numerous injuries, including many catastrophic injuries. Although we purchase vehicles in part because of their safety features and because we know that we will have an effective line of protection in the event of a collision, there are times when defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed airbags can fail to protect vehicle occupants, or in some cases cause injuries themselves. Statistics show that defective airbags routinely injure and kill vehicle occupants

At Bartimus Frickleton and Robertson, P.C., our personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of injured victims throughout Kansas and Missouri, including victims who were harmed as a result of defective products. If you believe your injuries, or the injuries sustained by a loved one were the result of an inherently unsafe airbag or auto part, our legal team is available to further review your case, explain your legal rights, and discuss how we may be able to assist you in pursuing financial compensation for your damages.

Common types of airbag defects include:

  • Failure to deploy – When an airbag fails to fire in a collision where it should, drivers and passengers can suffer severe, if not fatal, injuries. Commonly, victims injured in these wrecks suffer traumatic brain injuries, neck and spine injuries, and facial injuries or lacerations that they would otherwise not have suffered. Failures to deploy are commonly the result of defective designs or defects that occur during the manufacturing process, as well as poor quality control, inadequate testing, and poor employee oversight. Auto part manufacturers are required to ensure that their products operate as intended and that reasonable measures are taken to avoid defects that can cause an airbag to fail when it should deploy. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the damages victims suffer.
  • Delayed deployment – Due to defects in the testing of airbag deployment, installation of airbags, and errors with timing mechanisms, some airbags may not deploy when they should. Not only can this cause drivers and passengers to suffer injuries from not having an airbag during a collision, it can also cause additional injuries when the airbag does deploy, as vehicle occupants will not be expecting an airbag to fire.
  • Dangerous deployment – One of the most dangerous defects when it comes to airbags is faulty deployment. These types of defects were made infamous by Takata Corporation, the airbag manufacturer responsible for one of the largest auto safety recalls in history. These airbags had inherent design defects that caused airbags to deploy explosively, sending shrapnel at vehicle occupants. Numerous deaths and injuries have been linked to defective Takata airbags, as well as other airbags that deployed in a dangerous manner.

Airbag defects have proliferated the auto industry in the past several years. Unfortunately, in many cases, these faulty airbags caused preventable injuries and deaths. Thankfully, product liability laws give victims who are harmed by defective products the opportunity to hold the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer responsible for the unsafe products liable for damages, which can include the costs of medical care, lost income, emotional injuries, pain and suffering, and more.

Our legal team is committed to providing the voice victims need to stand up against large auto part manufacturers and insurance companies following preventable accidents. If you have a case you would like to discuss, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. Our firm proudly serves victims and throughout the region from our office locations in Leawood, Kansas and Jefferson City, Missouri.