South Carolina Air Bag Injury Lawyer
Airbags are designed to inflate rapidly and cushion the impact when you are involved in a car accident by preventing your head or chest from slamming into the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, and other hard structures. Airbags have significantly reduced the number of car accident deaths since they became standard safety equipment in cars.
Unfortunately, airbags present serious risks to both drivers and passengers in vehicles. Children under age 13 are particularly at risk of injuries caused by the rapid inflation of airbags. Young children are not the only ones who can be harmed by an inflating airbag. People of smaller stature are at a heightened risk of an airbag injury because they usually sit closer to the steering wheel, which is where airbags are stored. If the airbag malfunctions or if a motorist is not positioned correctly, serious injuries can occur to a motorist of any age or size.
Airbags also malfunction. They have been known to fail to deploy in crashes and to deploy in non-crash situations while a car is in motion, which may lead to a crash. In other cases, airbag inflators have exploded with enough force to hurl dangerous shrapnel into the passenger cabin. Millions of Takata airbags installed in numerous types of vehicle have been recalled in the wake of airbag-related deaths due to defective inflators.