Airbags Lawsuit

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries from defective airbags, where they exploded and released hazardous shrapnel towards your face, contact us immediately at 602-777-3333 for valuable information. We are available 24/7, and we are here to address all your inquiries, including whether your car was equipped with a faulty airbag. Here is some essential information about airbag explosions and how our assistance can benefit you.

Malfunctioning Airbags Pose Serious Hazards

In recent years, a series of recalls have been issued for defective airbags, endangering drivers and passengers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated major recalls for Takata airbag inflators in 2016, affecting over 67 million vehicles worldwide. More recently, in May 2023, the NHTSA demanded the recall of another 67 million airbags manufactured by ARC Automotive, Inc. While the Takata recall has a global reach, the ARC recall is currently limited to the United States. However, given the high number of incidents, a broader recall is deemed necessary. The faulty airbags have the potential to propel metal shards and shrapnel at high speeds, causing severe injuries such as cuts, burns, eye injuries, torn arteries, broken bones, and even fatalities. It is crucial for vehicle owners to check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the NHTSA website https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to determine if their vehicle is affected.

Background:

Thousands of people have already suffered injuries or lost their lives due to defects in airbag manufacturing. Numerous lawsuits and recalls have ensued as a result. One of the most significant recalls in U.S. history is the Takata recall, which affected over 63 million vehicles worldwide. Although issues with Takata airbags were first identified in the early 2000s, it wasn’t until 2014 that the problems became widely known, leading to a recall by several major car manufacturers. The airbags’ defective design caused the inflator’s chemical compound to explode when exposed to high heat and humidity over time, propelling metal parts towards the driver or passengers.

Affected Vehicles:

Various car manufacturers, including Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and more, installed Takata airbags in their vehicles. Similarly, ARC Automotive, Inc. has collaborated with manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Kia, Porsche, Stellantis, Toyota, and Volkswagen, who may have incorporated the faulty ARC airbag inflators into their vehicles.

What is an Airbag?

Airbags were initially developed to provide additional protection in conjunction with seat belts. They consist of an airbag cushion, a flexible fabric bag, an inflation module, and an impact sensor. Typically, both frontal and side-impact airbags are designed to deploy during minor, moderate, or severe collisions. Their purpose is to minimize the risk of upper body or head impact with the vehicle’s interior by offering occupants soft cushioning and restraint during a crash.

Why is a Malfunctioning Airbag Dangerous?

Airbags have been estimated to reduce fatalities in accidents by up to 30 percent. However, when they fail to function properly, airbags can pose a greater danger. If an airbag fails to deploy in a collision or deploys erroneously, occupants can sustain severe injuries or even lose their lives.

What Are Some Common Injuries?

While it is widely recognized that airbags enhance the safety of vehicle occupants in the event of an accident, defective airbags can actually increase the risk of harm for both drivers and passengers. Some common injuries resulting from faulty airbags include spinal cord injuries, shrapnel wounds, lacerations, facial trauma, eye injuries, rib fractures, head injuries, dislocated and fractured shoulders, broken bones, burns caused by chemicals in the airbag inflators, and even fatalities.

Why Can I collect Financial Compensation?

When a vehicle is equipped with faulty airbags, they may either fail to deploy or cause additional harm to the occupants in a crash. In such cases, those injured by a defective airbag may be entitled to seek compensation for various damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, punitive damages, emotional distress, and wrongful death. It is highly advisable to consult with an attorney to obtain a more accurate assessment of the potential compensation in a faulty airbag case.

Can I Determine If My Airbag Has Been Recalled?

Owners who are uncertain whether their vehicle is subject to a recall can visit the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter their car’s 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) in the search bar. Alternatively, they can contact the manufacturer of their vehicle to inquire about any active recalls. Drivers can locate their car’s VIN on the lower left corner of the windshield or on their car’s registration card. In some cases, the VIN may also be displayed on the driver’s insurance card.

Get Help Now

Exploding airbags can have devastating consequences and seeking the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer from National Injury Attorneys is vital for protecting your rights and pursuing fair compensation. Their expertise in investigating accidents, establishing liability, and negotiating with insurance companies will greatly benefit you in seeking a favorable outcome. By enlisting their support, you can focus on your recovery while knowing that a skilled advocate is fighting for your best interests and working diligently to ensure your rights are upheld. Simply call 602-777-3333 anytime 24/7 and we can help you right over the phone. Don’t try to go it alone. We want to help you.

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With a proven track record of recovering millions in verdicts and settlements for clients who have suffered injuries or the loss of a loved one, our attorneys have the expertise needed to navigate complex legal matters. By entrusting your case to us, you gain access to a team of legal professionals who will alleviate the burdensome disputes with insurance companies and other legal complexities, allowing you to focus on your recovery.

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