Airbag Safety and Airbag Injury Claims
PERAZZO LAW SHARES BEST LEGAL ADVICE FOR DEALING WITH DEFECTIVE AIRBAG CLAIMS
- Hurt by a defective airbag in Miami?
- Did a defective airbag cause personal injury?
- Do I have a Product Liability Claim in the event of a replaced airbag was improperly installed?
- 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 incurred due to third party negligence when replacing an airbag?
- Are airbags really safe?
These are some of the Airbag and Accident related questions answered by the Perazzo Law Firm.
Just like seatbelts, Perazzo Law knows airbags are meant to save the lives of motorists and their passengers when involved in car accidents. That’s why vehicle manufacturers such as GM, Jeep, 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 tens of millions in recent times. 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, Perazzo Law 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.
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 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 consultation to discuss a possible case for an insurance claim for compensation.
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 Perazzo Law in the event of an airbag deploying without due cause. If you were hurt, contact your insurance provider and Perazzo Law ONLINE
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.
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.
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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