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Air Bag Defects

New Jersey Air Bag Injury Lawyers

Over the years, airbags have become a mandatory safety device in all vehicles. Airbags were designed to protect vehicle occupants from serious injuries in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, the violent deployment of airbags can cause serious injuries such as:

• severe burns
• lacerations
• head injuries
• eye injuries

Because of the explosive force of deployment of an airbag, people can become disoriented and may fail to disclose these complaints to emergency room doctors. Many car accident victims believe they have escaped injuries because they were protected by an airbag. Complaints like headaches, visual disturbances, tinnitus, and memory problems are not uncommon after a car accident where an airbag deployed.

Front airbags are designed to prevent a driver’s or passenger’s head from hitting the dash board, steering wheel, door, or windshield after an accident. Side airbags are meant to prevent blunt force trauma and serious internal injuries to vital organs such as the lungs, heart, liver, spleen and intestines. Unfortunately, due to the speed of deployment and the chemicals used to inflate them, there exists the possibility that airbags can do more harm than good when there is a product failure or design defect.

Airbags can deploy at over 200 mph. Because of such force, smart airbag detection systems have been installed in all vehicles manufactured after 2007. This system is designed to determine how much force is used to deploy the airbag based upon the weight of the passenger. Some of these systems use a sensor on the bottom of the seat cushion to determine the weight of the passenger. Others sometimes use gel-filled bladders which tell the airbag controller not to deploy when a front seat passenger weighs less than 105 lbs. Due to temperature fluctuations or a defective sensor, the system can be faulty and a non-deployment or over-aggressive deployment of the airbag could result. This can cause death, spinal injury, brain injury, paralysis, internal injuries, significant internal bleeding and even severe burns.

Some common airbag defects include:

• Cheap or defective sensors
• Non-deployment or inadvertent deployment of the airbag
• Inferior algorithms for deployment
• Venting and folding defects
• Improper airbags size or type
• Lack of airbags
• Failure to test airbags
• Inadequate consumer warnings / failure to warn of known dangers
• Failure to incorporate technology that can reduce injuries

If you or a loved one were injured by an air bag, or you believe a manufacturing defect or flawed air bag design caused injuries to you or your loved one, talk to an attorney at the New Jersey law firm of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. We can help you pursue a claim for a defective airbag or sensor malfunction. You can simply Contact us online or call 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817 for a free no obligation consultation.