Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia defective airbag injury and airbag recall lawsuits
When designed and installed properly, airbags can save the lives of vehicle drivers involved in a crash or accident. In most vehicles, airbags are a required safety feature. Airbags, when used with seat belts, have saved the lives of thousands of American drivers who have had the misfortune to be involved in an automobile accident.
Unfortunately, some airbags are not designed or installed properly, which can put consumers at a risk of catastrophic injury. If you have been injured by a defective or otherwise inadequate airbag, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Cochran Firm D.C., our experienced attorneys provide high-caliber legal representation to injured victims, and their families, who have been injured by defective airbags.
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If you or a family member has been seriously injured by a defective airbag, we can help. Our team of experienced attorneys understands the unique issues raised by airbag cases and will handle your claim both aggressively and professionally. Because strict time deadlines apply to airbag injury and recall claims, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible.
In recent years, car manufacturers have recalled products and published warnings about defective airbags:
- In Sept. 2013, Honda recalled 405,400 vehicles over a manufacturing defect in the electronics used in its airbag control systems, which could cause airbags to deploy inadvertently.
- In 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of Snowpulse Avalanche Airbags, which are used for skiing, snowmobiling, and mountain climbing. Leaks were found in some of these airbags that could result in the airbag not deploying, which could pose a serious risk of death or injury.
- In Sept. 2013, Suzuki recalled almost 200,000 vehicles to address an airbag sensor defect that could cause airbags to improperly deploy during an accident, which could potentially put the vehicle passenger at risk.
- In April 2013, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and GM issue recalls for 1.3 million vehicles for “faulty airbags that could deploy and injure passengers.”
- In 2011, Ford Motors recalled 144,000 F-150 pickup trucks after a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report found 269 accidental airbag deployments.
Airbag Deployment Injury Claims
If your vehicle is involved in a moderate to severe accident, your airbag control system should cause the airbags to inflate. Side-impact airbags are supposed to inflate more quickly than front impact airbags because there is less space between you and the side of your car. Airbags deploy very rapidly and serious or even catastrophic injuries can occur if the vehicle’s driver or passenger is too close to the airbag when it deploys.
If there is a problem or defect with the electronics in your vehicle’s airbag control system, the airbag may deploy too quickly or to not deploy at all. Both of these possibilities put a vehicle passenger and driver at an unreasonable risk for serious injury.
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If you or a family member has been seriously injured by a defective airbag in Washington, D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, we can help. Because deadlines apply to when you may bring an airbag injury claim, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible.