The failure, or potential failure, of airbags has been featured prominently in the news over the past several months. The expansion of the most recent recall of vehicles with Takata Corporation-manufactured airbags makes the severity of the risk of harm even more clear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has expanded the current recall to 7.8 million vehicles. These vehicles have the potential for failure of airbag deployment during accidents. There even is the potential for an explosion of airbags following an accident. Our Miami personal injury lawyers know that both airbag deployment failures and explosions have the potential to cause serious, if not deadly, harm to the occupants of the vehicles.
When there is a failure of the airbags to deploy or there is some sort of catastrophic event involving the airbags, the resulting harm can alter the life of the victim and/or his family. The experienced and compassionate South Florida car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano know the devastation that a car crash can cause for a victim and will work hard to ensure that there is justice for those harmed as a result of the negligence of a person or company. Accordingly, the personal injury attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 120 years of collective experience successfully fighting for the rights of their clients.
As the safety features of vehicles improve, many people rely on them without thinking about the consequences when these devices fail. However, recent safety reports, including the massive airbag recall, make it clear that individuals must be aware of the hazards of getting on the road. If there is an accident, the resulting harm may forever alter a person’s life. The NHTSA has identified Florida as one of the areas that may have a high percentage of the affected vehicles, according to a Sun-Sentinel article.
Unless a person specifically has been notified about a safety defect, drivers do not learn about the problem until after an accident where the airbag has malfunctioned.
There are a number of problems that can lead to an airbag defect, including:
• Faulty propellant systems – this is the issue with the Takata recall;
• Malfunctioning impact sensors;
• Defective electronics that interfere with the functionality of the airbags;
• Defective designs – this is a wide-scale problem that affects all airbags with the same design;
• Poorly constructed airbags – if the manufacturer did not use quality materials then the airbag could fail at a critical time; and • Defective installation.
When a person is involved in an accident where the airbags did not deploy or caused further injury because of a malfunction, there are many different injuries that might result. Some of the most common injuries are:
• Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
• Paralysis – this may include paraplegia or quadriplegia;
• Fractured and broken bones;
• Disfigurement; and • Death.
After an accident where there is some type of airbag failure, it is important to contact a skilled car accident attorney as soon as possible. These accidents involve multiple parties, including the other driver whose negligence may have caused the accident. However, a thorough investigation may reveal that there is liability as a result of the design or manufacture of the airbag. Bringing a claim against the airbag manufacturer may result in safer products moving forward.
Greenberg Stone and Urbano Advocates for Car Crash Victims
A car crash always has the potential to result in serious injuries, but when safety features such as airbags fail to deploy properly, the consequences may be devastating. The experienced and compassionate Miami car accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have the resources and skill to investigate an accident and uncover the many different types of liability. Our law firm has fought for our clients’ rights for more than thirty years. This dedication has led an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. Further, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated firms. Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment so that we can begin working hard