Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer
The Francis Law Group
As per government regulations, auto manufacturers design their vehicles with built-in safety features such as airbags to reduce the risk of injury to drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, sometimes the safety components that manufacturers install are defective in nature and either don’t do their intended job in keep occupants safe or they wind up causing injury and death.
Problems with Airbags
Since 1999, the federal government has required all automakers install front driver and passenger airbags on their vehicles. By 2017, all U.S. automakers will also have to comply with safety standards that usually entail side airbags, as well. When airbags function correctly, they can greatly decrease the risk of head injury and fatality. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that airbags can reduce the risk of fatality by approximately 30 percent.
- However, defective airbags are occasionally built into vehicles. The NHTSA announces recalls for vehicles with defective airbags on a regular basis. Below are a few examples of defects airbags can have.
- Failure to deploy upon impact
- Faulty installation resulting in delayed deployment
- Random deployment with no impact, such as from faulty crash sensors
- Airbags that explode
- Another faulty car part such as an ignition switch or feature such as a weight sensor that disables the airbag
- Recent Massive Defective Airbag Recall
One airbag manufacturer, Takata, recently made headlines across the globe. U.S. automakers have recalled millions of cars because they were manufactured with defective airbags produced by the Japanese manufacturer Takata. The list of cars designed with the defective airbag is growing by the week. Currently, there are nearly 34 million defective Takata airbags under recall, making it one of the largest recalls for a consumer product in national history.
At least six deaths have been linked to the defective airbags. The issue, industry experts believe, lies in the way the airbags respond to humidity. There is a chemical in the airbag that reacts with moisture in such a way that causes the airbag to explode and send shrapnel into the driver. Many of the Takata-related injuries have occurred in humid environments such as Puerto Rico and Florida.
Some of the manufacturers that have issued recalls for Takata airbags include Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Nissan, Mazda and BMW. The manufacturers are required to send a notice of recall to all registered vehicle owners. To determine if your car is under recalls, you can visit the NHTSA’s safercar.gov and search the recall database using your car’s make and model.
Recompense for Defective Airbag Injuries
If you or your loved one were injured as a result of a defective airbag, there is a good chance you will qualify to file a lawsuit against the appropriate manufacturer. Many people around the nation are in the midst of doing just that.
If you were in a crash and the airbag failed to do its job or if your car’s airbag just randomly malfunctioned and caused you injury (or killed your loved one), our team at Francis Law Group in Orlando would like to speak with you. We would like to review your case, determine if you have a viable suit, and then help you take the steps necessary to hold negligent manufacturers responsible for the harm they’ve caused. You may be able to recover a wide range of damages, including the following.
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Disfigurement and long-term disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional damages
- Death benefits for wrongful death cases
Our defective airbag lawyers in Orlando handle defective auto part cases on a regular basis. Contact our office today for a free consultation at 407-363-9939.