Most people have experienced a car accident at least once in their lives. When a collision does occur, one of the most useful products deploys to protect a driver and passenger from serious harm. As you may have already guessed, this product is the airbag. Such an invention is responsible for saving a countless number of lives every year. However, like any product, they do not exist without errors.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 22,000 lives have been saved by the use of airbags, the NHTSA also records that since 1990, more than 250 airbag-related fatalities have also occurred. Of course, this is due to the rapid speed at which these products deploy. According to research, airbags can deploy at speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour. With this being said, if an airbag deploys too early, a driver can come in contact with a product moving 200 miles per hour. If an airbag deploys too late, the driver can hit the interior of the vehicle since the airbag deflates rapidly after it is deployed.
For this reason, this NHTSA has issued strict regulations in order to make airbags safer. However, because such requirements do not require specific designs, only broader safety protocols are to be met, possibly creating more room for error and driver/passenger injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also states that more than 19 different automakers have been recalled to replace airbags on the passenger’s and driver’s side. This is considered the most complex and largest recall in United States History.
If you have been involved in a car accident and have suffered injuries due to a defective airbag, we urge you to get in touch with our Detroit product liability lawyers at Goodman Acker P.C. right away. Because the NHTSA only enforces broad regulations, you can still establish claims against the manufacturers and other responsible parties for manufacturing or design defects, inadequate warnings, or errors in installation. However, because such cases can be highly complex, it is best to retain the help of a highly experienced attorney who can help you build an effective claim against the responsible party.
When you choose to work with our team, you can rest easier knowing we will examine every detail to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for any physical harm, medical expenses, lost wages, or emotional damages you incur as a result. These types of cases are time sensitive and should be handled as soon as possible.
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