Oftentimes, individuals buy products and entrust they were designed and manufactured for safety. However, products may have defects that put individuals’ safety at risk. When an airbag is defective it typically results in serious accidents and injuries as it fails to do as it is intended. This means it does not protect individuals in the event of a collision. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective injury due to negligence, reach out to one of our experienced and trusted Prince George’s County Product Liability Attorneys who can help you recover monetary compensation for your economic and non-economic losses.
What is a defective airbag?
When an airbag does not do what it is intended to do, it is defective. This means it does not function properly. Motor vehicles are required to have airbags as they are important safety features that protect individuals in the event of a collision. Airbags are supposed to provide individuals with an inflated cushion that protects them from outside objects. Airbags work with seatbelts to ensure individuals are kept at a safe distance from the dashboard. This prevents individuals from suffering traumatic head and neck injuries. Defective airbags could cause individuals to sustain life-altering injuries. For instance, if an airbag deploys when there is no impact, it could cause serious accidents that result in catastrophic injuries that negatively impact an individual’s life. If an airbag explodes it could cause lung irritation from the chemicals it releases as well as cause blindness and loss of hearing. There are several reasons an airbag could be defective including:
- Premature deployment
- Failure to deploy
- Late deployment
- Excessive force deployment
- Airbag explodes from too much air
- Failure to maintain inflation
- Impact sensor malfunctions
- Faulty on & off switches
- Faulty designs
- Manufacturer defects
- Electrical system malfunction
Who is accountable for damages?
Typically, individuals who sustain injuries from a defective airbag wonder who is liable for damages. Generally, car companies and manufacturers are responsible for defective airbag injuries. Victims are required to fulfill the burden of proof. This means they must prove their injuries were directly caused due to negligence. In this case, victims must prove the negligence of a product manufacturer or product designer. As well as prove the product failed to warn them because there were no warning labels with instructions on the product. In Maryland, victims of defective products have three years to file a claim for a product liability lawsuit. Victims must meet this deadline, if they do not meet the deadline they will be barred from ever recovering financial compensation for their damages. Victims must retain the legal services of an experienced Prince George’s County product liability attorney who can help victims of a defective airbag file a claim within the right period.
If you’ve been injured in a bus accident due to negligence, contact one of our determined and knowledgeable team members. With years of experience, our attorneys can help you recover reasonable compensation for your losses.