No matter how safe we may try to be on the road, sometimes accidents happen suddenly before we have a chance to take action to avoid them. It is therefore important that our vehicles be equipped with quality safety equipment that can help to minimize the force of the impact in case a crash occurs. Seat belts and air bags are two of the most essential safety features that a car can have. While they started out as optional features, both are now standard in most vehicles. When safety features malfunction or are defective, however, they may fail to keep us safe in a crash or may actually worsen the outcome.
Air Bag Problems
There are many different types of malfunctions and defects that can cause air bags to fail or improperly deploy. Some of the potential problems of defective bags include:
Bags fail to deploy entirely because of a failed sensor or defective releasing mechanism
Bags deploy too early or too late in a collision
Sensor malfunction causes bags to deploy when an accident did not occur
Bags deploy with too much force, injuring a passenger, particularly a child
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While they are designed to protect passengers in the event of an accident, there are many things that can go wrong with bag sensors and deploying mechanisms.
Several vehicle manufacturing companies have had problems with air bag defects in the past. In many cases, the companies released statements to notify drivers of the defects and recalled the vehicles thought to have problems. Unfortunately, in many cases the problem is not discovered until several air bag failures have occurred. Many drivers and their passengers may be injured by defective bags before a recall is announced.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident because an air bag failed to deploy, deployed at the wrong time, or because of some other defect, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The manufacturer may be liable for the defect and your family may be entitled to compensation for injuries and damages.
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