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Who is liable for an injury caused by a defective airbag?

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Defective airbags can cause tragic accidents and injuries to occur. A defective airbag does not operate as it is intended to, meaning it does not effectively protect individuals in the event of an auto collision. Airbags are essential to ensuring individuals’ safety as they reduce the force of impact on a person’s body in an accident. Without the protection of an airbag, individuals could face fatal injuries. If you or someone you care about has been injured due to a defective airbag, don’t hesitate to contact a determined Westchester County Defective Product Lawyer  who can help you recover fair compensation for your losses. With years of experience, our firm can help you seek the justice you deserve. We are ready to fight for you today. 

What is a defective airbag?

As mentioned above, a defective airbag is an airbag that fails to protect individuals because of system or manufacturing issues. Unfortunately, airbags can fail for several reasons. Airbags may fail due to manufacturing and electrical defects. Airbags are commonly recalled because of defective parts. The repercussions of a defective airbag are significant. For instance, if a sensor is malfunctioning, it could deploy when there is no impact. If an airbag deploys when an individual is just driving, it could cause a serious collision to occur. Additionally, if an airbag fails to deploy in the event of an auto crash, individuals will have no cushioning protection from outside debris and objects. In certain cases, airbags may deploy prematurely or not quickly enough. They may even inflate too quickly causing them to explode. If an airbag does explode, the chemicals released could cause serious lung issues, blindness, and loss of hearing. If an airbag does not inflate or explode, it could cause an individual to sustain physical and mental trauma. If an airbag does not provide an individual with cushioning in a collision, the force of impact alone could cause an individual to sustain traumatic brain, head, neck, and back injuries. Victims of defective airbags could also suffer substantial scarring and disfigurement. Injuries could cause victims significant mental trauma such as mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Defective airbags are extremely dangerous and pose a serious threat to all passengers’ welfare.

Typically, car manufacturers are responsible for injuries sustained from defective airbags. Victims are entitled to file a product liability lawsuit for damages sustained by defective airbags. In New York, injured individuals have three years from the date their injuries were inflicted to file a claim. If they fail to file a claim by the deadline, they will be barred from ever filing one in the future.

If you or someone you care about has been injured due to a defective airbag, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our trusted and skilled lawyers. Our firm is dedicated to helping clients reach favorable outcomes.