Monday, July 13, 2015

Does Your Vehicle Have Defective Airbags?





While the majority of car accidents are caused by driver error, collisions can also occur if a part of the vehicle malfunctions. If certain auto parts fail, a driver can easily lose control and crash into other cars or objects. When you think of important auto parts malfunctioning, you may first think of brakes, axles, tires, steering systems, and other major functions of a vehicles. However, one part of a car that has the potential to be deadly is the air bag.

Air bags are installed in every car and truck with the intention of providing protection and preventing injury in the event of a collision. Though this device is meant for protection, it can also result in injuries to both drivers and passengers. Air bags deploy and inflate at a high velocity, which can often cause injuries including burns on the arms, fractured bones in the face, and more. While these relatively minor injuries can result from a perfectly functioning air bag, substantially more serious injuries can occur if an airbag malfunctions.

If you believe that you have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one due to defective air bag, you are likely entitled to significant compensation by the air bag manufacturer. You should not delay in calling a Clearwater, Florida products liability attorney at the Dolman Law Group as soon as possible.

Common ways air bags can be defective
Air bags can be defective and cause injury in many ways. Some of these ways include the following:

·       Deploying with too much velocity
·       Deploying at random times while a driver is operating the vehicle but there is no collision
·       Exploding upon deployment and causing metal fragments or other pieces to fly into the vehicle towards occupants
·       Failure to deploy upon collision causing the occupants to suffer serious injuries

As you can imagine, all of the above can cause serious collisions and injuries. If an air bag randomly and unexpectedly deploys, it can block a driver's view of the road and an accident is almost inevitable. Additionally, air bags that do not deploy correctly cause result in serious or even fatal injuries to a motorists face, head, and more.

Airbag recalls
In recent months, air bag manufacturer Takata has recalled an estimated 34 million vehicles1 due to defective inflators that cause the air bags to explode and send metal shards toward drivers and passengers. This defect has resulted in several deaths and hundreds of serious injuries. Though the company allegedly knew about the possible defect for years, it failed to issue a proper recall until early 2015 when it was facing sanctions by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA).2

The Takata recall represents one of the largest scale auto recalls in the history of the United States automobile industry. Many different auto makes and models have been included in the recall and every driver should check the online recall site3 to see if their car needs to have the air bag replaced. However, because of the sheer number of cars with reportedly defective air bags, it may take a long time before the issue is fixed.

In the mean time, if you have suffered injury due to an exploding Takata air bag, you should consult with an attorney who is familiar with the case.

Call our experienced Clearwater auto accident lawyers for help today
If you believe a defective air bag has caused your accident and injuries, your first call should be to the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater, Florida. The air bag litigation involves many different injured victims and such cases may be complicated, so you always want to make sure you have an attorney handling your claim you understands how to navigate the legal waters of class action litigation involving products liability. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim in Florida, however, so you should not put off consulting with one of our attorneys. The sooner you call, the sooner we can begin working to help you recover for your financial losses, so please call today at 727-451-6900 for help.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-451-6900


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