Aside from the seatbelt, airbags are arguably one of the most important
and life-saving safety features built into modern vehicles. In the event of a
car accident, airbags are designed to deploy in a split second and provide emergency
cushioning against severe impacts, such as protecting a driver’s
head from striking the steering wheel, windows, and more. Unfortunately,
defects in manufacturing or design of airbags can cause them to deploy
at inappropriate times or fail to deploy at all when needed, causing vehicle
occupants to suffer devastating injuries. But what exactly causes an airbag to fail?
Your airbag may fail to deploy for any of the following reasons:
The crash did not trigger sensors: The first reason why an airbag may not deploy is due to the nature of the
collision itself. For example, many frontal airbags will only deploy from
a front-facing impact, with most side impacts, rear impacts, and rollovers
not triggering the appropriate sensors.
The sensors were defective: If the impact
does occur in the appropriate location, however, an airbag may fail to deploy
if the vehicle’s sensors fail to detect the crash properly. Most
faulty airbag lawsuits fall within this category and are related to inadequate
testing of sensors, software flaws, a lack of sensors, or an inappropriately
calibrated airbag deployment threshold.
Electrical defects: In other cases, a vehicle’s impact detection sensors may work fine,
but the electrical components responsible for communicating an impact
signal to the airbag modules may be faulty. This is usually shown in cases
where a passenger airbag deploys but a driver airbag does not, or vice
versa. In many cases, this is a sign of a defective clockspring in the
vehicle’s steering column or a manufacturer’s decision to
route wires through vulnerable areas which can become cut in the event
of a crash.
Defective airbag modules: Finally, a crash could trigger the necessary sensors and communicate
the signal directly to the airbag module itself, only for the module to
malfunction upon deployment. This is almost always the result of defectively
designed airbag modules themselves or poor quality control, as is the
case with the now world-famous massive Takata airbag scandal.
Injured by a Faulty Airbag? Contact Kyle Law Firm
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a traffic collision due
to a defective airbag or other
vehicle defect, you may have grounds to file a
product liability claim against the vehicle manufacturer in pursuit of full and fair compensation
for your suffering. At Kyle Law Firm, our
New Braunfels personal injury lawyers understand the strategies necessary to guard your rights and maximize
your potential settlement.
We have recovered millions – call (830) 476-780 today to take the
first step towards filing a claim.