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My Airbag Didn’t Deploy In A Front-End Collision

 My Airbag Didn’t Deploy In A Front-End Collision

Airbags offer protection to your head, neck, and chest when you are involved in a collision. Thanks to this protective feature, the lives of more than 50,457 people from 1987 to 2017 have been saved according to the NHTSA. In 2016 alone, about 2,500 lives were saved because of airbags. 

At first vehicles had a single front airbag to protect the driver but now there are vehicles with dual front airbags and side airbags. Airbags are highly effective but there are instances where they fail to deploy during a clash. People suffer severe injuries when airbags fail to deploy. An experienced car accident lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against the car manufacturer, airbag manufacturer and other liable parties if you were injured because your airbag did not deploy.

Why Airbags May Fail To Deploy

You need to know that airbags are meant to compliment the protection provided by your car seat belt. A sensor in your vehicle is activated the moment your car hits a solid object. The sensor then sends out an electric current that triggers the release of a non-toxic gas that inflates the airbag in about 20 milliseconds. But the airbag may fail to deploy in the following situations:

  • Sensor defects: A defective sensor may not detect the crash and as a result fail to trigger the airbags. A sensor can be defective because of manufacturing errors, software failure, or just faulty design.
  • Damaged wiring: In a severe collision, the wires controlling the airbag system may be severed. This could be because of location of the routed wires on the vehicle.
  • Faulty electrical components: If the electrical component is poorly designed or poorly installed, then the airbags may not deploy.
  • Defective airbag module: A defective airbag module may not deploy when you need it to. The defect may be due to design issues, manufacturing errors like improper testing and more.

Airbags Are Not Meant To Deploy In All Situations

Airbags are not intended to deploy in the following situations:

  • A minor crash that is not severe enough to trigger the airbags to deploy
  • The vehicle detects a person of small stature that is sitting too close to the side airbag or when the vehicle detects that the right front passenger seat is empty
  • Roads with potholes or bumps
  • When there is no major deceleration from front to rear
  • When your car hits a sign or parking block

Injuries Cause By Malfunctioning Airbags

Sometimes airbags can deploy when they are not meant to and cause injuries or cause the driver to lose control. For example, there have been cases where airbags deployed when the driver hit a large pothole. They could also deploy late and fail to protect the vehicle occupant. Some of the injuries that result from such situations include the following:

  • Broken bones or soft tissue damage in the chest area
  • Whiplash or spinal cord injuries
  • Broken or badly bruised arms and legs
  • Punctured lungs or punctured blood vessels

These injuries are fatal and can lead to death if they are not treated on time. Your personal injury lawyer can help you file a lawsuit to get compensation from the car manufacturer or airbag manufacturer. 

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