This is precisely what consumers are learning about the airbags in their vehicles. It turns out that these protective devices can carry a great potential for serious injuries to drivers and passengers, especially when they are manufactured with major defects.
At Guajardo & Marks, we have represented many clients who have suffered injuries because of defective vehicle parts in Texas. If you or a loved one has been the victim of poor vehicle design, faulty manufacturing or improper maintenance of your automobile, we can help hold the responsible party accountable for the damages you’ve encountered.
What Happens When An Airbag Causes Injuries?
Even when airbags deploy as they’re intended to, they can cause serious injuries to passengers. These devices can cause contusions, whiplash and concussions, to name just a few. However, defective airbags can cause even more types of injuries upon their deployment.
Perhaps the most well known of all defective airbags is the Takata airbag, which has led to well over 60 million airbag recalls. These devices were found to explode on deployment, contributing to at least seven deaths and over 100 injuries in the U.S. alone. The explosions can cause metal shards to be projected at dangerous speeds toward vehicle occupants.
Is My Vehicle Subject to the Recall?
Takata manufactured airbags that were used in a large number of vehicles. Manufacturers using Takata airbags include BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
If you own any of these automobiles, it is important to look up the VIN number of your vehicle and run a search on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
Should You Be Concerned?
It is not a given that your airbag is going to cause you an injury, even if it is subject to a recall. However, if there is even the possibility of an airbag defect in your vehicle, you should be aware of the dangers and have your airbag replaced as soon as possible. It may be impossible for you to know exactly how dangerous your airbag really is until it has already been deployed, and at that point, it might be too late.
What If A Faulty Airbag Has Already Injured Me?
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective airbag, you might be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Manufacturers can be held accountable for the injuries caused by their faulty products. It is important to come forward about your injuries, not only for your own benefit, but also for others who have suffered injuries. There can be strength in numbers when uncovering the dangers of defective products.
The Dallas vehicle defect attorneys at Guajardo & Marks can help. If you’ve been injured by a faulty airbag, you can receive compensation for the medical bills, property damage, loss of income and the pain and suffering you have suffered. We offer a free consultation of your case and charge no fee unless we win.