Defective Airbags

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Los Angeles Defective Airbag Attorneys

Representing Injury Victims in Airbag Defect Claims

According to data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), frontal airbags have saved at least 50,000 lives in the years spanning between 1987 and 2017. There is no doubt that airbags save lives and serve an important role in keeping us safe. However, when airbags are installed or manufactured incorrectly, they can cause serious injuries and fatalities to both drivers and passengers.

When you work with Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, you can trust that our Los Angeles defective airbag lawyers are experienced in investigating and litigating airbag-induced injuries. If you were injured because an airbag deployed too soon or too forcefully, it is important to discuss all your legal rights and options with a highly-qualified product liability lawyer.

To begin the process of filing a defective airbag injury claim, call (866) 634-4525 today.

What Are the Most Common Airbag Defects?

Although we tend to assume that airbags are a safety essential for vehicles, this wasn’t always the case. Before the NHTSA ruled that all vehicles were required to have dual front airbags in 1998, most cars only had a driver-side airbag in place to protect drivers – and there were very few protections in place for passengers. As of 2020, it’s now more common for airbags to be placed in multiple areas of a vehicle, to ensure that everyone in the vehicle is protected. However, this also means that there are greater chances for injury when airbags are installed or manufactured with defects.

Airbags sometimes deploy unnecessarily in fender benders and other low-speed crashes. These car accidents would have caused no injuries whatsoever if the airbags had not deployed. In other cases, airbags do not deploy when they should, leading to injuries to seat-belted occupants. This lack of deployment can be a result of sensor failures or sensor placement and settings.

Some of the top airbag defects include:

  • Delayed deployment
  • Unexpected deployment
  • Faulty crash sensors
  • Failure to deploy in time
  • Defective Takata airbags

Additionally, older airbags are more likely to cause injuries than newer, so-called smart airbags, which sense when a lap belt is latched and adjust the rate of deployment accordingly. Older airbags did not have tethers to help reduce the force of an airbag’s deployment, which can exceed 200 miles per hour.

Types of Defective Airbag Injuries

Airbag deployments can cause a variety of injuries, including:

Secure Powerful Advocacy for Your Claim

In one case against General Motors, our Los Angeles airbag defect lawyers successfully represented a 22-year-old woman who was left in a permanent vegetative state due to brain damage caused by an airbag injury. Our personal injury attorneys and investigators will thoroughly research the reason for your injury and, if an airbag defect was involved, we will work to maximize financial compensation for damages. Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP has many years of experience obtaining financial compensation for victims of airbag-induced injuries, and we will apply this experience to assist you with your case.

Please contact our legal team at (866) 634-4525 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. 



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