NJ Airbag Injuries
Federal safety standards now require all cars to be equipped with airbags. Airbags can save lives and help prevent serious injury. The purpose of the airbag is to provide occupant protection and restraint during a crash event. While airbags are intended to protect against injuries from automobile accidents, they can cause injuries and in rare cases even death.
Problems with Airbags
You should sit 10 inches away from the steering wheel. This distance is measured from the center of the steering wheel to your breastbone. You can change your driving position by moving your seat to the rear as far as you can while still reaching the pedals comfortably. There are also instances when the airbag is faulty or defective.
How Can an Airbag Be Defective?
An airbag can be defective if there are problems in the manufacturer’s design, production, or installation of the airbag. If you are injured by a defective airbag, you may be able to entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffered.
Here are some potential reasons your airbag may be defective:
- Issues with deployment including at the wrong speed, force, or angle.
- Deployed at an unnecessary time (minor car accident)
- Failure to deploy when necessary
- Made with dangerous materials
Takata Airbag Recall
So far, more than 20 million cars have been recalled due to the risk of violent airbag explosions. (as of February 2016). The problem is the airbag’s inflator, a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers, which in some cases has ignited with explosive force. If the inflator housing ruptures in a crash, metal shards from the airbag can be sprayed throughout the passenger cabin.
Have You Suffered an Airbag Injury in New Jersey?
If you are concerned that an airbag defect or airbag failure may have caused serious personal injuries to you or to a loved one, our NJ defective product attorneys can analyze your specific situation and advise you of your legal rights. We welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact us at 732-324-7600.