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In the event of an auto collision, airbags can save lives, however, if they are defective they could cause serious injury instead. Airbags are critical as they provide inflatable cushioning that protects individuals from forcefully smashing into the dashboard as well as protecting them from outside objects. Airbags can dramatically reduce the risk of serious injuries and fatalities. However, airbags can be defective. If an airbag fails to do as it is intended, devastating accidents and injuries could occur. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a defective airbag, contact a qualified Port St. Lucie Car Accident Lawyer who can help you hold liable parties responsible for their negligence.

What should I know about defective airbag claims?

Auto vehicles are required to have certain safety features such as seatbelts and airbags to prevent tragic injuries and fatalities in the event of a collision. The most common airbag defects include failure to deploy, deploying at the wrong time, and deploying with excessive force. In some cases, only one airbag is deployed. This means other occupants are left without protection. If an airbag deploys at the wrong time, it could cause an auto accident to occur. If an airbag deploys too aggressively, the speed could cause significant head and neck injuries. Additionally, if an airbag fails to maintain inflation for some time, they become ineffective as they do not offer the same support when fully inflated. Several defects could cause an airbag to be ineffective. Airbag issues may include:

  • Inflator defects
  • Premature inflators
  • Failure to maintain inflation
  • Manufacturing errors
  • Faulty on/off switches
  • Faulty design & wiring
  • Impact sensors
  • Corrosion
  • Counterfeit replacements
  • Electrical system issues

Airbags are supposed to prevent injuries. However, they can cause serious injuries if they are defective. Defective airbags can cause more harm than good if they fail to do what they are intended to do. Individuals may suffer these injuries due to a defective airbag:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Traumatic head and neck injuries
  • Upper extremity injuries
  • Lung and airway injuries
    • Airbags release a chemical that could cause severe irritation.
  • Burns and lacerations
  • Hearing loss
  • Orthopedic injuries

Unfortunately, these types of injuries can cause an individual to experience significant economic and non-economic losses. In Florida, injured individuals have four years from the date their injuries were sustained to file a claim for a defective airbag. It is imperative to retain the legal assistance of a qualified Port St. Lucie car accident lawyer. Our firm can help you file a claim to meet the deadline. If an individual misses the deadline, they will be barred from ever filing a claim in the future. This means they lose any opportunity of recovering financial compensation for their losses.

If you have been injured due to a defective airbag, reach out to one of our skilled and determined team members. We can help you investigate and gather relevant evidence to prove your claim. Our firm is committed to helping our clients recover reasonable damages for their losses.