Q How can I tell if the injuries I received from my airbag were normal or due to an airbag defect?
With the Takata airbag recall dominating the news, many people are concerned about the safety of the airbags in their car. A feature that they once trusted so completely has now shown that it has flaws, as well—flaws that can cause serious injuries.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that airbags usually do cause injuries. While the injuries are not the intent of the airbag designers, they are generally a byproduct of the several forces that your body will encounter in an accident.
The thing to keep in mind after an accident in which you sustained injuries from your airbag is that some injuries are the result of the airbag doing exactly what it was supposed to do. An airbag deploys at great speeds, so in addition to the collision impact, your body will meet an airbag that is deploying with serious power. This may result in several injuries, including:
- Broken nose or eye injuries from contacting the bag as it deploys
- Broken fingers or wrists if your hands hit the roof (a big reason why the “10 and 2 o’clock” hand positions are no longer in favor)
- Burns from the airbag’s rapid deployment and chemicals present in the ignitor
Airbags are heavily reliant, however, on crash sensors and ignitors in order to deploy at the right time and rate. The bags themselves can also be serviced or installed incorrectly, which may prevent a successful deployment. This could mean that your airbag could deploy too late, or fail to deploy at all, which can leave you with very serious injuries.
If you believe that a defect may be to blame in your airbag-related injuries, you may be entitled to compensation from the automaker, airbag manufacturer, or service technician that installed or serviced your airbag. To discuss your case with an experienced New Jersey auto injury attorney, call today to schedule your free consultation.