Defective Airbag and Seatbelt Attorneys
Representing Victims of Failed Airbags and Seatbelts
Most vehicles manufactured today are equipped with front and side airbags. Airbags are an amazing technology that have saved countless lives, but, unfortunately, some airbags are designed, tested, or manufactured improperly. Proper airbag deployment may be the difference between fatal and catastrophic injuries versus a relatively minor accident.
Safety belt technology has changed in many ways since its first implementation in the 1960s, but the basic concept of keeping occupants secure in their vehicles has remained the same. Most drivers and passengers do wear seatbelts when on the road, but a seatbelt failure during an accident can lead to severe, life-altering injuries.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicular accident where your airbag or seatbelt did not work properly, get in touch with our compassionate team at The Potts Law Firm. We have an exceptional track record of securing successful outcomes for personal injury victims, having collectively recovered over a billion dollars in cases across the United States. After reviewing your circumstances, our defective airbag and seatbelt lawyers can advise whether you have a strong claim against your vehicle manufacturer and walk you through your legal options.
To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or call (888) 420-1299. Our firm provides services in English and Spanish, and we offer same-day appointments.
I Was Involved in an Accident and My Airbags Did Not Deploy. Why Is This the Case?
Airbags are not designed to deploy (or inflate) in every type of accident. Frontal airbags are only intended to deploy during a major frontal collision and do not typically activate in accidents involving impacts to the undercarriage of a vehicle (which can occur when a vehicle hits an animal, curb, pothole, or some other hazard).
Side airbags are supposed to deploy in many types of accidents but only usually activate on the side of the impact. Some side curtain airbags are designed to deploy during side-impact or rollover crashes to help prevent ejection.
If you were involved in a frontal or side-impact accident and your airbags did not deploy, there is a good chance something is wrong with your vehicle. A defect may have prevented your airbags from deploying as intended, potentially causing more serious injuries than what you would have sustained had they worked as designed.
Your airbags may have failed to deploy because of:
- Defective crash sensors
- Bad wiring or inflators
- Defective electronic deployment signal from your vehicle’s computer
What Are Some Common Safety Belt Failures?
When you put on your seatbelt, you expect it to keep you safe and secure should you encounter any turbulence on the road – including the impacts of a direct collision. There are several reasons your safety belt may not work as intended when subject to immense force. If you believe your seatbelt did not work properly during a car accident, it is important to have the status of the seatbelt documented as soon as possible.
Safety belt system failures include:
- Inertial unlatching, where a defective seatbelt buckle may become unlatched during an accident
- Seatbelt retractor failure, resulting in a seatbelt that fits loosely around the occupant
- False latching, where a defective seatbelt only appears to be latched
- Seatbelt breakage, where the seatbelt webbing itself tears or frays
- Pre-tensioner failure, where an inertial assist to lock a seatbelt during a crash fails
Who Is Liable for a Defective Airbag or Seatbelt?
These matters fall under product liability laws. Our defective airbag and seatbelt attorneys will conduct a full investigation, ascertain liability, and gather the evidence needed to prove negligence.
Many defects that prevent airbags from deploying or cause seatbelts to fail are due to manufacturing mistakes, design flaws, and the use of inadequate materials. To win a product liability lawsuit involving airbags or seatbelts, you must prove that the existence of a design or manufacturing defect made the vehicle unreasonably dangerous. You must also establish the defect caused (or worsened) injuries sustained in an accident.
Depending on the nature of the defect and other factors, one or more of the following parties may be liable for your injuries:
- The defective airbag or seatbelt’s manufacturer
- The defective airbag or seatbelt’s designer
- The defective airbag or seatbelt’s installation or testing team
- The vehicle’s manufacturer
What Damages Can I Recover in a Defective Airbag or Seatbelt Lawsuit?
Once you have determined liability, you can proceed with legal action. However, you will need to act quickly, as each state enforces statutes of limitations for product liability cases. You will only have a certain amount of time from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit.
Our defective airbag and seatbelt lawyers will fight to get you compensation for monetary and non-monetary damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If you are not sure why your airbag or seatbelt failed, do not hesitate to call (888) 420-1299 or contact us online. We frequently take these cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing unless we win.
Vehicle manufacturers have vast legal and financial resources and will generally do everything possible to avoid admitting fault in these cases. You will need experienced legal professionals on your side to level the playing field.
At The Potts Law Firm, our case results speak for themselves. We have what it takes to win auto defect cases and can provide the empathetic, responsive legal support you need during this difficult time. Our team of skilled legal professionals will answer your questions, handle each step of the legal process, and provide frequent updates. We will do everything we can to secure the best possible outcome.
If you are unsure if you have a case, don’t hesitate to call us today for a free consultation. Our team of experienced attorneys are ready to review your claim and fight for you.
Q:What Is a Statute of Repose?
A statute of repose is similar to a statute of limitations. Instead of being based on the date of injury (or the date you discovered injury), the statute of repose is based on when a product that injures or kills someone was manufactured or first used. In some states, the statute of repose is also based on the useful life of the product.
Q:What If I Am Not the First Owner of the Vehicle with a Defective Airbag or Seatbelt?
You do not have to be the original owner of a vehicle to have a product liability case. You also do not need to be the person who purchased or currently owns the vehicle to bring a claim. If you were the driver or a passenger who sustained injuries due to a defective airbag or seatbelt, you can file a product liability lawsuit against the responsible parties in most states.
Q:Does There Have to Be a Recall to Win My Defective Airbag or Seatbelt Case?
No. Many airbag and seatbelt defects do not trigger recalls. You may have a claim even if your vehicle has not been formally recalled.
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