Car accidents and crashes occur frequently in the United States. They may occur when a car crashes into another car, when a car hits a pole or tree, or when a car loses control and tumbles down a hill.
To prevent injuries from car accidents and car crashes, manufacturers equipped cars with various safety devices like seat belts and airbags. Recently manufactured cars are equipped with multiple airbags on the doors, dashboard, and steering wheel.
When people get into accidents, the airbags should open to prevent the driver and passengers from getting injured. Sometimes, however, airbags do not open when they should or need to. When airbags fail to function properly, people’s safety and health are at risk. Car manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that the safety equipment in their cars works properly and will come in handy when the situation arises.
Types of Defective Airbags
There are many different forms of airbag defects that can cause problems in the case of an accident. The most common include:
- The airbag failed to deploy.
- The airbag deployed, but not at the correct time.
- The airbag did not contain internal tethers to help it inflate evenly.
If a collision occurs and the defective airbags fail to deploy properly, serious injuries or death can occur. If defective airbags deploy without cause or need, the driver could lose control of the vehicle and cause an accident or injury.