In 1999, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandated every new vehicle to be equipped with dual front airbags. Airbags are safety devices specifically designed to instantly inflate and cushion both drivers and passengers in the event of an accident. According to NHTSA accident statistics from 1987 to 2017, frontal airbags have helped save over 50,000 lives. Collision sensors are designed to deploy airbags in moderate to severe accidents, but may even deploy in minor collisions. When working properly, airbags greatly reduce the risk of your head or body violently striking the interior of the vehicle upon impact.
Nevertheless, defective airbags can be one of the most dangerous safety hazards in vehicles. Faulty airbags may be produced as a result of cutting corners during manufacturing processes or using poor quality airbag materials. Defective airbags can also result from oversights during installation or neglecting to conduct proper safety testing procedures. When defective airbags fail to function properly, severe injuries or even fatalities can occur as a result. One of the biggest problems with defective airbags is that their flaws may be difficult to detect until after a crash happens. Drivers often have no clue that their airbags are defective until after it is too late.
The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of Buffalo, New York faulty airbag injury lawyers is highly experienced, aggressive, tenacious and dedicated to obtaining the best possible results for people injured by defective airbags in Buffalo, New York; Rochester, New York; Niagara Falls, New York; throughout New York State and beyond. Since 1999, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has exclusively handled serious personal injury cases, and he successfully battled to obtain over $150 Million for people who were injured because of someone else’s negligence. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.’s team of highly experienced and top rated defective airbag injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York possess the expertise and experience necessary to methodically investigate your defective airbag case, and ensure that you are in a position to receive the highest possible recovery for your injuries. Contact us today at 716-839-3939 for your free consultation. We can be reached 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
An airbag defect is considered any fault that causes an airbag to be unable to satisfy acceptable automobile industry safety standards. Dangerous airbag defects have many different causes, such as:
- Failing to activate and deploy in the event of a crash;
- Early or late deployment;
- Activating and deploying without cause;
- Airbag sensor malfunctions;
- Faulty inflators;
- Broken on/off switches;
- Failing to fully inflate;
- Failing to maintain inflation for a sufficient period;
- Deploying too forcefully;
- Exploding airbags;
- Airbags that discharge particles upon deployment; and
- Hazardous chemicals or powders inside airbags.
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Both an airbag’s failure to deploy and deployment by mistake can cause serious injuries or even fatalities. Young children are especially vulnerable to injuries caused by defective airbags. Injuries caused by defective airbags can include:
- Airbag burns and scaring;
- Loss of vision;
- Loss of hearing;
- Asthma attacks;
- Fractured and broken arms and legs;
- Broken ribs;
- Trauma to the neck;
- Damage to the spinal cord;
- Traumatic brain injury; and
- Total paralysis.
If you, or a loved one, was injured by a defective airbag, you want the best Buffalo, New York personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of Buffalo, New York defective and faulty airbag injury lawyers are dedicated to safeguarding the legal rights of consumers that suffered serious injuries. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. will treat you with respect and compassion, and we are here to help you through this difficult time. Contact us today at 716-839-3939.
When airbags are defective, they can cause much more harm than good. Faulty airbags not only fail to protect occupants of vehicles in the event of an accident but also cause injuries by activating without cause. Airbag designers, manufacturers and distributors have a legal obligation to ensure that their products are not dangerous to consumers. Strict safety codes under federal law regulate how airbags can be designed, manufactured and installed in vehicles. Regulations also specify specific testing requirements to certify crashworthiness. Airbags may be unreasonably dangerous and defective to both drivers and passengers when important safety standards are disregarded. For instance, roughly 63 million Takata airbags were recently recalled because they can explode upon activation, causing many severe injuries and even fatalities.
Product liability law was designed to hold manufacturers, distributors and sellers of dangerous and defective airbags liable for the resulting injuries. Many injuries and deaths that are caused by defective airbags could have easily been avoided if manufacturers designed safer products. Unfortunately, to reduce costs and increase profits, manufacturers all too often produce substandard or even dangerous airbags at the users’ expense.
Under New York law, airbags must be reasonably safe for their intended use. To demonstrate product liability, it must be shown that the airbag was defective and that the defect produced an unreasonable risk for its anticipated purpose. Defects can be characterized as design, manufacturing and/or marketing defects. Product liability lawsuits are exceptionally technical and often require extensive research and examination to prove. While each airbag liability lawsuit is unique, being successful in a dangerous or defective product claim typically requires various types of evidence. Our experienced product liability attorneys act promptly to increase your probability of receiving the maximum compensation and holding all of the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.
For family members of victims who died due to injuries sustained from defective airbags, you may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. If it can be proven that the airbag manufacturer acted with gross negligence or recklessness, punitive damages may be able available.
The Dietrich Law Firm P.C. is recognized as a Best Law Firm of America that strives to provide the highest level of personal injury service to the people of Western New York. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has been handling serious personal injury cases since 1999 and has the experience and proven results to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our team of defective airbag injury attorneys in Buffalo, New York is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week at 716-839-3939 or by filling out the online consultation form. We are the aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo, New York personal injury lawyers who are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve!
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