What Are the Common Causes of a Defective Airbag?

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In the event of a crash, collision, or otherwise car accident, your airbag may just save your life. However, this is only if it is functioning properly. Read on to discover what the common causes of a defective airbag are and how a seasoned Houston, Texas car accident lawyer at White Personal Injury can help you in the event that you incur serious injuries and damages.

What are the most common causes of a defective airbag?

Typically, an airbag can become defective if its sensors that detect collision are faulty or malfunctioning. And so, a defective airbag can be seen in the following circumstances:

  • Your airbag does not deploy in the event of a collision; you suffer serious head injuries from the impact (i.e., concussion or brain damage).
  • Your airbag deploys at a delayed point in the event of a collision; you suffer serious head injuries from the impact.
  • Your airbag deploys without the event of a collision; you become penetrated and injured with metal and plastic pieces.
  • Your airbag deploys without the event of a collision; you lose control of your vehicle and enter an unnecessary accident as a result.

Who is responsible for my defective airbag injury?

Usually, car manufacturers, along with certain federal agencies, hold the responsibility of monitoring whether airbag sensors are faulty or malfunctioning. And when they do detect a defect, they hold the responsibility of issuing a recall to all consumers.

But sometimes, when car manufacturers and federal agencies notice these defects too late, they may be held liable for a defective airbag injury. Notably, the same goes if they do not place warnings throughout the car regarding the potential dangers of airbags in the first place.

What should I do after my airbag injury?

If you believe that your defective airbag injury was due to the fault of another party, then you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. For your legal action, you may want to follow the below steps immediately after your accident:

  1. Call a law enforcement officer to the scene of your accident.
  2. Attend the ambulance that arrives on the scene.
  3. Document the defective airbag, your injuries, and your damages.
  4. Exchange contact information with the other parties involved.
  5. Ask for the contact information of witnesses present at the scene.
  6. Go to follow-up treatments as recommended.
  7. Retain the services of a competent Houston, Texas auto accident lawyer.

Importantly, collect the relevant evidence involved with all the above steps (i.e., police reports, photos, videos, surveillance camera footage, medical documents, medical bills, etc). Call our firm to schedule your initial consultation with us and to kickstart your claim today.

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