Injuries Caused by Air Bags
Houston children are often injured in a car accident when their air bags deploy.
They can suffer injuries ranging from bruising to lacerations or scarring or death.
Air bags are life savers in many cases of car accidents, however that does not mean that air bags cannot cause serious injuries.
The deployment of an air bag can be harmful to passengers depending on their height, age, and the point of impact. Eye injury and face burns are possible injuries due to air bag deployment.
This depends on the position the passengers head and air bag meet.
Air bags also release chemicals when they are deployed. These chemicals can burn and leave scars on someone’s face. Inhaling the chemicals and dust after the air bag is deployed can be harmful, especially if there is little ventilation in the car.
Air bags also cause injuries when they deploy at times when they shouldn’t or when there is a failure to deploy. In those events, the vehicle manufacturer is generally liable for any injuries sustained as a result of defective product or failure to warn.
“The injuries caused by air bags are often worse than the collision itself”
Michael P. Fleming Board Certified Houston Car Accident Lawyer
Takata Airbag injuries and deaths around the country have lead to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) as well as recalls by numerous automobile manufacturers.
Takata airbags are found in many car brands including, Honda, Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, General Motors, Acura,
Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Toyota, Lexus and Infinity. The NHTSA investigation is centered around deaths that have ocurred after Takata airbags deployed during an accident and metal fragments shot out and killed the drivers.
The risk to Texas drivers and occupants is so great that the government has set up websites where consumers can entere in their car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) and see if it is subject to a recall. Furthermore, folks that have bought a used car can enter the VIN on the websites and see if their car has had the airbag replaced or not. Those websites are www.Safercar.gov and www.nhtsa.gov
If you have been injured or had a loved one killed by an airbag during a car accident in Houston or anywhere in Texas, contact defective airbag lawyer Michael P. Fleming today for a free consultation. You might be entitled to significant compensation from Takata and the car manufacturer.
If you or a loved one are injured by an air bag in a car accident, the at-fault driver is still responsible for your injuries even those caused by the air bag.
If you have been injured in a car accident – whether by an airbag or not – you should immediately contact Michael P. Fleming today for a free case evaluation.