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Airbags Simultaneously Save and Take Lives in Georgia Car Wrecks


October 07, 2018

Approximately 200 million cars, trucks, and sports utility vehicles in the United Stateshave airbags as a safety feature. Airbags have undoubtedly saved thousands of lives or reduced the risk of suffering a substantial or catastrophic injury in a car accident. Despite the life-saving capacity of today’s airbags, faulty designs, especially in the Takata line of airbags, have killed numerous people as well—people who would have otherwise survived the crash. 

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, undertook a mission over 35 years ago to obtain justice for the firm’s clients by aggressively pursuing financial damages from those responsible for another’s injuries. Despite our success — we have recovered over $1 billion for our clients — our mission has remained unchanged, andour determination has not wavered. Montlick & Associates’ Georgia auto accident attorneys treat every case as if it was their own. In that way, we make certainthat our clients receive the most sophisticated level of representation and experience justice for their Georgia car accident injuries.

A Brief History of the Airbag

The idea of installing “air pillows” in autos to increase safety has been around for almost 50 years. The concept of adding an inflatable cushion as a safety feature never took hold. According to Popular Science, vehicle manufacturers expressed concerns about motorists merely relying on the airbags for car accident survival to the exclusion of seatbelts. The magazine indicates that in the mid-80s, only one automaker, Mercedes, featured airbags.  Certainly, attitudes about crash safety and the use of airbags, when used in conjunction with seatbelt, have changed significantly. 

How the airbag works

Airbags inflate when a sensor detects a collision with another object. Designers created the airbag to cushion the blow and bring the body’s momentum from the speed of the car to zero. Airbags catch the body and slow it down, all within a fraction of a second. Airbags manufacturers designed the airbag to start deflating as soon as it inflates which reduces some of the physical forces acting against the body. Additionally, the airbags spreadout the force of  impact across the torso rather than on just one concentrated area such as the head, face, or chest. Of course, the airbag prevents contact with much less forgiving surfaces like the windshield, dashboard, or steering wheel.

The airbag has six main components. The airbag’s accelerometer, or crash sensor, monitors the speed of the vehicle while in motion, and most importantly, the deceleration of your vehicle. Upon striking an object with sufficient speed, the accelerometer turns on the circuit. The circuit passes an electrical signal to the heating element which heats up to create an explosion in the inflator. The inflator discharges a chemical called sodium azide which creates the he explosion. Nitrogen gas then fills the airbag, buttiny holes release the gas to start the deflation process. The entire process only takes about 1/25 of one second. 

Lethal Life Saving Device

Takata airbags have a fatal device flaw in the inflator. The inflator ignites with such excessive force that the metal housing flows apart. The forceof the explosion propels the metal through the airbag and into the person who should have been cushioned by the device. The device malfunction does such horrific damage to the victim that police have compared injuries to gunshot wounds. These malfunctions ever occur at relatively low speeds; speeds at which most healthy people would expect to survive the accident. Sadly, people’s lives have been destroyed by faulty airbags in accidents from which the victim should have walked away.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 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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Category: Auto Accidents

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