According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, car accidents happen every minute of the day. Motor vehicle accidents occur in any part of the world every 60 seconds. And if it’s all summed up in a yearly basis,there are 5.25 million driving accidents that take place per year.  Manufactures of vehicles have studied and monitored the accidents that occur around they world and know that safety devices in their vehicles can be used to mitigate and prevent injuries in the accidents they know will occur.  Airbags are one of those safety devices.

Airbags are supposed to make drivers feel safer because they are designed to inflate on impact, keeping drivers from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard or windows. Yet oftentimes manufacturing defects can result in air bags that are dangerous, and even deadly. Faulty air bags can cause injuries such as facial fractures; head, neck and spinal cord damage; blindness; ruptured eyes; burns and severe bruising.

There are a number of different airbag defects that can cause serious injury or death to occupants of a vehicle.  First, the size of the airbag itself can affect how it interacts with a passenger and upon inflation, causing head, brain and eye injuries.  Further, bags that are are not strapped in to minimize movement can move in ways that cause injuries and death to the occupant.

Generally, airbags are designed to deploy during impacts of 20 mph or more. Sometimes the airbag fails to deploy resulting in serious injuries or even death. Other times the airbags deploy when they aren’t suppose to, such as running into a curb.  When this occurs in low speed type event, the result can be tragic. Many times, when airbag deployment occurs the airbag fails to inflate to full size.  This leaves the occupant to move into a half-full airbag.


Often, manufactures choose to use cheap materials, poorly designed component parts and fail to incorporate state of the art technology.  Vehicle manufactures are responsible for ensuring their airbags are safe and effective and should be held liable for any injuries sustained as a consequence of choosing profit over people.

The principals at Elliott & Ritch LLP have litigated and resolved many airbag defects and have the know-how and resources to decide the best strategy for handling your unique case.  Our firm can help recover money for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical bills and lost wages or other financial damages.


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