Defective and Missing Airbags Can Cause Life-Altering Injuries and Wrongful Deaths


September 11, 2016

Our Compassionate Personal Injury Lawyers Warn Drivers That Defective and Missing Airbags Can Cause Life-Altering Injuries and Wrongful Deaths

Most airbags operate effectively and safely. Airbags saved approximately 25,782 lives between 1987 and 2008 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, the NHTSA also notes that malfunctioning airbags have accounted for the deaths of 284 people, including 180 children between 1990 and 2007.

Legal Rights of Victims of Defective Airbags

Vehicle occupants can suffer devastating injuries when airbags are defective or not installed at all. If a person suffers serious injuries or wrongful death in a car accident that results from a missing or defective airbag, the traffic collision victim may be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries. A financial recovery for injuries caused or exacerbated by a faulty or missing airbag can entail payment for medical expenses, lost wages, impaired earning ability, pain and suffering, and other types of damages. If a vehicle occupant tragically dies because of a defective or missing airbag, the victim's family may be able to pursue a claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle and the faulty airbag component for wrongful death.

A victim who has been injured in a car accident related to the failure to install an airbag or the use of a faulty airbag can potentially pursue damages from the automaker, collision shop that repaired the vehicle, and/or the manufacturer of defective parts, based on product liability law. If the airbag is not installed or does not properly deploy because of a design or manufacturing flaw, manufacturers of the vehicle or defective airbag part can normally be held strictly liable for the defect, depending on the specific facts and circumstances.

Faulty or Missing Airbags Can Endanger Vehicle Occupants

Airbags can malfunction in several ways. Sometimes airbags cause traumatic brain injuries, blindness, or broken bones by deploying with excessive force. In other situations, the timing of deployment can be a problem if an airbag deploys too early, late, or not at all. The reasons these dangerous scenarios occur may involve outdated technology, as well as defects in sensors, software, and inflators, or other problems.

Another airbag-related issue involves the failure to install an airbag or replace the airbag after the vehicle is repaired following a collision. The automaker can be liable for not installing airbags in a new vehicle while a collision facility or mechanic can be liable for not replacing deployed airbags when repairing a vehicle.

Defective airbag issues affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles manufactured by many of the largest auto manufacturers. If you have been injured, or a loved one has tragically died because an airbag failed to function as anticipated, our experienced personal injury lawyers at Montlick & Associates are committed to holding manufacturers of unsafe cars, trucks, SUVs, and other motor vehicles accountable for injuries caused to our clients due to defective airbags.

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Our law firm has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-two years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

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