Philadelphia Airbag Failure Claims Lawyer
Since 1998, there have been federal laws in place that require every passenger car and light truck to be equipped with dual front airbags. However, as with all products, sometimes airbags don’t function properly. When airbags fail to deploy correctly, passengers in the front seat are at risk of serious injury or even death. This comes under the category of product liability. A Philadelphia airbag failure claims lawyer at Rosenbaum & Associates is specialized in these cases pertaining to airbag malfunction and has years of experience handling Philadelphia product liability cases.
How Does An Airbag Work?
The science behind airbags is simple. In the event of a medium to severe car collision in Philadelphia, the airbag’s electronic monitoring system sends a signal to the bag inflator located in the airbag’s control unit. The igniter within the inflator begins a chemical reaction that sends a benign gas to the airbag, which fills very rapidly. It only takes 1/20th of a second for an airbag to completely inflate. The airbag prevents the driver and a passenger in the front seat from slamming into the steering wheel or the dashboard.
However, when the airbag system fails to deploy the airbag, serious injuries can occur. Usually those injuries involve severe facial injuries, including a broken nose, a broken jawbone, broken teeth, crushed orbital socket around the eye, lacerations to the face or death due to blunt force trauma. All those injuries can require multiple surgeries and a lengthy rehabilitation.
If you or a passenger were injured due to the failure of an airbag, you could have grounds to file a lawsuit based on strict product liability and negligence. If you were injured when airbags failed to inflate while you were a passenger in someone else’s car, you could also have grounds for a case.
On the other hand, sometimes the sheer force of an airbag inflating so quickly can injure or cause death. Airbags aren’t supposed to inflate with such force that they cause serious injury to the passenger or driver. They should inflate quickly to protect the car’s riders, but not so forcefully that they injure them. If an airbag has a faulty design or has a manufacturing defect, you would be able to file a case based on strict liability laws. Strict liability cases don’t require proof of negligence. The main questions regarding strict liability are:
- Was the airbag defective?
- Was it a design defect versus a manufacturing defect?
- Was the airbag’s defect responsible for the injury as apposed to the accident itself?
- How badly was the victim injured?
If you have been injured by an airbag that didn’t deploy or by a defective airbag, contact Rosenbaum & Associates for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys can let you know if you have grounds for an airbag failure lawsuit. We know who to file the claim against, how much compensation to seek and how to successfully follow the case to a positive conclusion. Airbags aren’t supposed to hurt people. If you’ve been injured by a defective airbag, you have rights. We’ll protect your rights for you. Contact a Philadelphia airbag failure claims lawyer at our office to see how we can help. Call us at 800-753-4257, or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.