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At Kaiman & Crahan, we understand the importance of safety on the road. One critical component of vehicle safety is the airbag system, designed to protect drivers and passengers in the event of a collision. However, defective airbags can cause significant harm and potential legal issues. In this blog post, we will explore the topic of defective airbags, including recall situations, potential injuries, liability, and steps to follow after an airbag deployment.

Should Your Airbag Have Been Recalled?

Airbag recalls are not uncommon occurrences. Manufacturers issue recalls when they identify a fault or defect that could compromise safety. To find out if your vehicle’s airbags have been recalled, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website and enter your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

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What Conditions Can Result in a Defective Airbag?

Several factors can result in an airbag being classified as defective. These include design flaws, manufacturing errors, and inadequate warnings or instructions. Some common defects include airbags that deploy at inappropriate times, fail to deploy in an accident or deploy with excessive force.

Common Injuries Caused by Defective Airbags

When an airbag is defective, it can cause serious injuries. These may include facial trauma, head injuries, eye damage, broken bones, and even death in extreme cases. According to the NHTSA, from 1990 to 2008, over 290 deaths were associated with airbags, many of which were due to defects.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by a Defective Airbag?

Multiple parties could potentially be held liable for injuries caused by a defective airbag. These could include the airbag manufacturer, the automobile manufacturer, or any third-party company responsible for the faulty design or production of the airbag.

Get Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective airbag, it’s essential to seek legal counsel immediately. At Kaiman & Crahan, we are committed to helping our clients receive maximum compensation for their injuries. Our experienced team will guide you through the legal process and fight for your rights.

Steps to Follow After an Airbag Deployment

If your airbag deploys, whether due to an accident or a defect, follow these steps:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Even if you feel fine, some injuries may not be immediately apparent.
  2. Document the Incident: Take photos of the vehicle and any injuries, and write down everything you remember about the incident.
  3. Report the Incident: Notify the police and your insurance company as soon as possible.
  4. Contact a Lawyer: If you suspect your airbag was defective, reach out to a personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

In conclusion, while airbags are a critical safety feature in vehicles, they can sometimes cause harm due to defects. It’s crucial to stay informed about recalls and understand your rights and options if you suffer an injury due to a defective airbag. Our team at Kaiman & Crahan is here to support you every step of the way.

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