Airbags are supposed to keep drivers safe. Unfortunately, when manufacturers or car companies take shortcuts or make mistakes in the process, these life-saving devices can do more harm than good. If you or a loved one was injured or killed due to a defective airbag, you are legally entitled to compensation for your damages.
The Montero Law Center will help you determine who is liable for your defective airbag accident and help you file a claim for compensation you deserve.
Call us to schedule a consultation today: 954-767-6500.
How might defective airbags be dangerous?
The possibility of defective airbags has been an issue ever since the creation of the airbag. But recently, as manufacturers attempt to cut costs and increase company profits, defective airbags have been in the news all too frequently.
For example, Takata has been the subject of a massive recall for a few years after its airbags ruptured, sending shrapnel into drivers. The defective airbags have caused 11 deaths and over 180 injuries in the U.S. alone.
The most common ways that an airbag may be defective include:
- Airbag deploying at the wrong time (e.g., during a minor car accident, deploying too late, deploying when the car has not been involved in an accident)
- Airbag failing to deploy or deploying too slowly
- Airbag deploying with too much force
- Inflators rupturing and releasing shrapnel
- Software or sensor failure
Who is legally liable for a defective airbag?
Anyone who played any part in the design, production, or distribution of the airbag might be liable for your injuries. This could include:
- Car part manufacturers
- Car manufacturers (e.g., airbag design engineers, anyone involved in the production of the airbag)
- The dealership who sold you the car
- Mechanic who replaced your airbags
What do I need to prove to win my defective airbag claim?
In order to recover compensation in a defective airbag products liability case, you will need to prove that your airbag was defective and that you suffered a measurable injury as a result.
It is not enough that you were injured in the crash. Instead, you must prove that you would not have been injured (or you would have only suffered minor injuries) if the airbag had been properly functioning.
The team at the Montero Law Center can help you gather the evidence you need to prove that your airbag was defective, including evidence from the scene of the crash, product defect expert testimony, accident reconstruction evidence, and more.
Furthermore, we can help you collect the medical paperwork and doctor testimony that you need to prove that your injuries resulted from the accident and the defective airbag. This can be difficult as airbag injuries are common due to the force at which they regularly deploy. We will investigate your accident and prove that the injuries are due to the airbag’s defect, not simply airbag deployment.
Contact the Montero Law Center today at 954-767-6500 to set up your free, no-obligation consultation with Fort Lauderdale product liability lawyer.