Airbags are designed to be work in conjunction with seatbelts to provide protection from impact during a car accident. They rely on sensors to detect an impact and tell them to deploy. Ideally, they only deploy when there is a crash.
How airbags work
When airbags are functioning properly, sensors detect an impact, signaling the airbag to deploy. It deploys by falling rapidly with air and bursting into the vehicle at a speed of 200 miles an hour. Then it immediately deflates. The airbag must deploy fast enough to inflate completely between the moment of the initial impact and the time that occupants would otherwise impact the interior of the vehicle.
Airbags can cause injuries in many ways. Common problems with airbags include:
- Failure to deploy during a crash
- Deployment when there is no crash
- Deploying with too much force
- Improperly filtered airbag gases
When airbags fail to deploy, they simply fail to provide protection.
Sensor defects can cause an airbag to deploy if you hit a very small bump in the road, and actually cause you to have an accident. Airbags are particularly dangerous to children and small adults.
Improperly filtered airbags gases can cause severe chemical burns and inhalation of toxic chemicals.
The dangers of airbags have been known to manufacturers for many years, yet they continue to make and install these so-called safety devices with serious defects.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in Mobile or anywhere in Alabama, and you believe you suffered injuries as a result of defective airbags, it is important that you speak with one of our experienced defective product attorneys today. Defective vehicle claims are difficult to handle alone because there are many different parties that may be responsible for manufacturing the car.
Contact Long & Waite today to schedule an initial consultation with our defective product attorneys in our convenient Mobile, Alabama personal injury office.