Vehicle safety features have come a long way over the past century. Airbags routinely save lives—as long as they deploy properly. When an airbag fails to deploy, it can lead to serious injuries and even death.
The Law Offices of Tim Misny can help with your car accident claim, including cases where the airbags did not deploy. If the manufacturer is responsible for the airbag issue, you may be able to sue the manufacturer to recover compensation.
Who is responsible for faulty airbags?
Consumers assume that, absent any reason to believe otherwise, their vehicle’s safety features should work. Unfortunately, mistakes happen and damage can occur. This can lead to issues like airbags failing to deploy, deploying improperly or issues with the airbag itself.
To determine who’s responsible for faulty airbags, the cause must first be identified. It could be a problem with the airbag sensors, the airbag itself, the car’s computer system, inadequate inspection and repair or another reason. The auto manufacturer is often the most likely to be at fault.
What needs to be proved to hold the manufacturer liable?
When an airbag or computer system is defective, plaintiffs can sue under a theory of products liability. To hold a vehicle manufacturer liable for faulty airbags, a plaintiff must show:
- The airbag did not deploy, but should have
- The airbag or related system was defective
- The plaintiff suffered physical or financial harm due to the failure to deploy
Your personal injury attorney will determine which parties are at fault and whether the issue was caused by a design or manufacturing defect, or a failure to warn consumers. They may enlist the help of accident reconstruction experts, product designers, engineers, medical experts or other helpful professionals.
What kind of damages can be recovered for faulty airbags?
Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, you may be able to recover damages for property damage, medical bills, lost wages while recovering, emotional and mental injury, loss of consortium, pain and suffering and more. These damages can cover past and future treatment, as well as help make up for a lower quality of life.
Having the Law Offices of Tim Misny on your side is key. When you call our office, we’ll review your claim and explain your legal options. Then we’ll get to work holding the appropriate parties responsible, whether that’s the auto manufacturer or another entity.
Talk to an Ohio personal injury and products liability lawyer today
We can help recover damages for injuries suffered when your airbags fail to deploy. When you’re the victim of negligence or recklessness, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at (800) 556-4769 so that I can evaluate your case right away.