When airbags work properly, they are critical to preventing injuries and saving lives; however, an airbag that is improperly designed or manufactured can seriously injure or kill innocent people. Faulty airbags can fail in a number of ways, including if the airbag:
- Hit an occupant before being fully inflated.
- Punched out of its storage compartment and strikes an occupant with excessive force.
- Deployed unnecessarily in a minor accident, causing injury that would not have happened otherwise.
- Ruptured and sprayed shrapnel into the vehicle compartment, like the problem with Takata airbags.
- Failed to deploy.
- Had incorrectly calibrated sensors that caused overly aggressive deployment or no deployment at all.
In airbag cases, it also is important to evaluate whether the vehicle contained adequate warnings about airbag dangers and precautions to avoid injury.
A Firm with Deep Experience in Defective Airbag Cases
For more than three decades, Langdon & Emison has represented people who have been seriously injured or lost loves ones in cases involving defective airbags. Below is an example of an airbag case we successfully resolved involing the high-profile Takata airbag defects.
Takata Airbag Case, Reliford v. Honda/Takata Corp.
Langdon & Emison represented a young man who lost the use of his right eye when a Takata airbag ruptured during a collision and shot metal shrapnel through the vehicle compartment. The legal team showed our client’s injuries were caused by a known defect that causes the airbag’s chemical propellant to ignite inside a metal inflator that then ruptures and sprays shrapnel throughout the vehicle. The legal team also successfully argued that Honda and Takata Corp. were under a duty to properly warn the public about the dangers posed by the exploding Takata airbag defect, which were known for decades.
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