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Car Crash

The Hazards of Defective Airbags

Although we all hope that we will never have to experience a car accident, the truth is that they happen all the time. When an accident does happen, one of the things that can save your life is an airbag. However, like any product, airbags can contain defects which may render them ineffective or even dangerous. The massive Takata airbag recall that has been in the news over the past year is a testament to the fact that even something that is meant to save a life can potentially put someone in danger.

Takata Recalls 60M Deadly Airbags

In 2016, Takata recalled more than 60 million airbags affecting 17 different auto manufacturers over a defect with the airbag’s inflator. In an accident, the device was found capable of propelling shrapnel throughout the cabin of the vehicle at 200 mph, causing injury and, in some cases, death. The recall affected approximately one in five drivers on the road. Shrapnel from the devices has injured more than 100 people and killed at least 13 people.

Other airbag defects include:

  • Airbags that deploy in low-speed frontal collisions, causing injury
  • Airbags that fail to deploy in an accident

As manufacturers of devices that are meant to keep people safe in a life-or-death situation, makers of airbags and other vehicle safety devices are obligated to ensure that their products are perfect before they are sold to automakers. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any damages that result from their negligence.

If you have been involved in a car accident and injured by an airbag, you may have a viable product defect case. Contact Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation today to have your case reviewed by one of our Los Angeles product liability attorneys. You may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered, including the costs of your medical care, vehicle repair costs, lost wages and/or earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.

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