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.
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