Airbag Injury & Accident Attorney
- Did a defective airbag cause personal injury as a result of self-deployment?
- Do I have a Product Liability Claim if airbag was improperly installed by the car dealership?
- Can I sue an airbag manufacturer that installed a defective airbag in my vehicle?
- Can I hold the insurance company liable for injuries, damages, or losses from third party negligence when replacing an airbag?
- Are airbags really safe?
- Does Airbag software need to be updated regularly?
- What happens in the event of injuries sustained from an airbag deploying in a car accident?
- What kinds of injuries can a self-deployed airbag cause?
These are some of the Airbag and Accident related questions answered by the Perazzo Law Firm.
Just like seat belts, the Perazzo Law Firm knows that airbags are meant to save the lives of motorists and their passengers when involved in car accidents. That’s why vehicle manufacturers such as Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, GM, Toyota, Nissan, and Ford, just to name a few, include airbags in practically all their vehicle makes and models, with all these car makers having had to recall defective airbags by the millions over time. At Perazzo Law, our Miami and North Miami Beach personal injury staff is aware that airbags have a proven track-record when it comes to lessening the degree of personal injury sustained after a collision that triggers an airbag in a car accident, and we know they may accidentally or negligently do more harm than good. At high speeds, their deployment may undoubtedly save a driver’s or passenger’s life in a collision. But what happens when airbags are deployed for no apparent reason other than a manufacturing flaw or third party negligence replacing airbags after an accident or premature deployment? When this happens, the Perazzo Law Firm knows that the effect of the airbags impact with the human face or upper body may result in severe personal injury, such as facial disfigurement from flesh wounds, burns, even a broken nose or jaw. The bodily injuries can include a broken collarbone, spinal-cord injury, or even head trauma in young children and elderly passengers involved in an incident with a defective airbag deploying for reasons other than a car accident. Regardless of the case, airbag manufacturers, automobile makers, airbag designers, car dealerships, as well as insurance companies may have a legal commitment to make sure airbags are safe and pose no risk of personal injury to those vehicles that contain airbags. All motorists need to be cautious of the risks that faulty airbags can cause and should consult their local dealer about any maintenance involved to prevent accidents. Car Rental agencies need to make sure that the vehicles they rent have properly installed airbags as well.
WHEN SHOULD AN AIRBAG DEPLOY AND WHEN SHOULDN'T IT?
An airbag, depending on its location in the vehicle, is meant to deploy according to the severity of the impact combined with the speed of the vehicle upon crashing into an object such as another vehicle, a light-post, or even a pedestrian. A properly installed and manufactured frontal airbag is designed to deploy if the vehicle impacts another vehicle or object head on at a speed that exceeds 15 mph. Though the airbag's ultimate purpose is to cushion the blow and save lives, it does involve a complex mechanism that may not always be flawless. Airbags release enormous force, thus airbag deployment may result in personal injury to young children, such as scrapes or burns from the skin’s contact with the material the airbag is manufactured with, as well as possible breathing problems from the chemicals (sodium azide, or NaN3) emitted from the airbag. An airbag deployed upon impact with an object such as a parked car or highway guardrail, takes approximately 30 milliseconds, which is roughly 200 mph of nitrogen force in a passenger’s face. Sensors trigger deployment by activating chemical charges involved in the airbag filling process. Sometimes, these sensors don’t function properly, and when they don’t, accidents involving faulty airbags happen in Miami. No airbag should deploy on its own. If it does, contact one of our Miami personal injury lawyers at the Perazzo Law Firm’s Miami or North Miami law offices for a FREE initial consultation to discuss a possible case for an insurance claim for compensation. An incident involving injury from an Airbag can lead to fractures, cuts, bruises, and even a broken shoulder or nose. A broken nose as a result of an airbag related accident is considered a permanent injury and Perazzo Law knows that permanent injuries can effect the accident victim's life in many ways. An Airbag injury related incident can also result in a broken shoulder, clavicle or collarbone, which may lead to surgical procedures that can include severe physical trauma, such as pins, casts, and rehabilitation. A broken collarbone can have negative lasting effects on the airbag accident victim's quality of life, not to mention economic setbacks. The Perazzo Law Firm strives to get Airbag Accident victims the compensation they deserve and recover money from those at fault. We follow a No WIN, no FEE basis. In other words, if we don't get money for our clients, we don't charge any legal fees.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN AIRBAG DEPLOYS...
Motor vehicle operators and owners are not legally bound to have airbags replaced after they have been deployed. However, when they are replaced, they should be done so by authorized airbag dealers, insurance companies, or the vehicle’s manufacturer. Miami-Dade and Broward County motorists are urged to contact the Perazzo Law Firm in the event of an airbag deploying without due cause. If you were hurt, contact your insurance provider and the Perazzo Law Firm ONLINE. An airbag incident can result in not only fractures and breaks, but also burns and cuts which can lead to permanent scarring on the face or neck areas. Scars on the face can be very traumatic and negatively effect the quality of the airbag accident victim's life. Apart from scars on the face or neck, an airbag incident that leads to injury can provoke damage to the victim's eyes, which can perhaps cause temporary or permanent loss of vision. Surgical procedures to repair an accident victims vision can be costly and very risky. Airbags can cause a variety of injuries to those that experience an airbag accident as a result of manufacturer or third-party negligence.
Yes, car manufacturers such as Toyota, GM, Nissan, Ford, etc., have had to recall millions of Takata Airbags with car manufacturer settlements in the billions of dollars worldwide. Nothing is perfects, airbags aren’t either. They sometimes explode when they shouldn’t, and they sometimes don’t when they should. Any vehicle that has a safety issue or situation involving the airbag or airbags in their car or cars, should contact their local dealer or insurance provider. Mechanics should not be meddling with airbags unless they are authorized by the car dealership or manufacturer. Recalls have swept through Miami-Dade cities such as; Hialeah, Homestead, Miami, and throughout out Broward County as well. See Cities We Serve
Firstly, seek immediate medical attention if needed. If possible, take photos of the deployed airbag and gather eyewitness testimony in the event of an accident involving another vehicle or pedestrian. Reporting accident situations to the proper authorities is always highly recommended. In the event of self deployment of an airbag, contact the vehicle dealer or manufacturer's customer service department. Never have the airbag replaced or fixed by anyone until first speaking to the insurance provider or one of our professional personal injury staff at the Perazzo Law Firm ONLINE.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE INJURIES FROM AIRBAG RELATED ACCIDENTS?
In Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm knows that airbags are standard in vehicles today. Most vehicle manufacturers include at least tow airbags in most passenger vehicles. Some more luxurious or larger vehicles such as SUVs and trucks may have more than two airbags pre-installed by vehicle makers such as Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Toyota, and other popular brand vehicle makers. They may include up to as many as five airbags within a vehicle. They may be frontal, rear, and side-panel airbags. When these deploy simultaneous upon impact or product defect which can include manufacturing flaws or software glitches, the physical effect on a driver or passenger's body may be devastating. When dealing with Personal Injury from airbag deployment in a car accident in Miami, the Perazzo Law Firm understands from experience, the effects they can have on individuals and victims of these accidents. Facial, head, neck, shoulder, chest, hip, leg, and foot injuries in airbag related accidents are quite common. An airbag that deploys into a passenger's face can cause serious permanent injury and life altering effects. See Rear-End Collision Injuries
WHAT CAUSES AN AIRBAG TO SELF-DEPLOY?
Airbags in today's modern vehicles differ from early airbags in many ways. Not only are airbags developed using different materials, but they are coupled with computer technology guided by software to control deployment among the multiple airbags located within the vehicle. Though not very common, self-deploying airbag accidents resulting from faulty, outdated, or malfunctioning airbag software have reportedly occurred in the past and may very well occur again in the future. Back in 2015, Fiat-Chrysler recalled over 62,000 of its 2014-15 Jeep Cherokee SUVs to have their airbag deployment software upgraded. According to the car maker, the May 2015 recall was part of a routine review to be carried out by company engineers. However, that last recall came just three months after the initial worldwide recall of some 230,000 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs after reports of self-deploying airbags. The company was quick to respond to the subtle allegations by stating that the airbags self-deployed as a result of the rough terrain on which the vehicle was being driven. The total number of Jeep Cherokee SUVs recalled on account of airbag software updates stood at over 230,000 vehicles worldwide. Though dealers, insurance providers, and personal injury attorneys are quick to blame airbag manufacturers such as Takata for accidents that involve defective airbags, car companies like GM have had to recall vehicles due to software problems. In September 2016, GM recalled over 4 million vehicles due to faulty frontal airbag software. Defective airbags that self-deploy can cause serious personal injury such as a broken nose, jaw, facial injury such as cuts, bruises, lacerations, and bodily injury to legs & arms.
If you, a family member, loved one, or an Uber or Lyft passenger has suffered personal injury from a faulty airbag that deployed unjustifiably, the Perazzo Law Firm urges you to CONTACT our Miami or North Miami office to consult one of our expert personal injury attorneys regarding your faulty Airbag claim in Miami-Dade or Broward County.
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