Airbags are considered a milestone invention for injury prevention success during the occurrence of automobile accidents . Since the advent of related legislation in 1989, it became mandatory for cars in the United States to include an air bag feature. The airbag is credited with having saved thousands of lives since being introduced. These safety devices help reduce the incidence of injury by inflating and providing a cushion for impact during a crash.
Despite their benefits, some airbags may contain defects that cause them to fail and lead to personal injury. Airbags designed to release in crashes that are moderate to severe are deemed defective when they deploy during low impact occurrences because in these cases, they can cause injury to drivers as well as children, adult, and infant passengers. This is because airbags deflate with high force and speed, and in low severity crashes, that force becomes concentrated on car passengers instead of providing a protective barrier as it would for high impact collisions. Other airbag failures may include deflating too early, or not deflating at all during a wreck.
Although the reported number of occurrences of injury or death caused by airbag defects is relatively low, some find that not all airbag testing techniques are adequate for identifying potential failure and issues with development standards may also contribute to the risk of malfunctioning. In the event an injury does occur, and is linked to an issue with an airbag, manufacturers or others involved in the development and design of the airbag may be accountable. Injured parties may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages under personal injury law. Consulting with a qualified attorney who specializes in product liability law, can help one better understand the legal merits of their case.