Airbags and other safety features that now come standard on passenger vehicles
are intended to protect you and your family in the event of a
car accident. For example, front airbags are meant to prevent you from hitting your
head on the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield and side airbags
are intense to protect you in rollover or broadside collisions.
While many motorists escape injury in accidents due to airbags, others
unfortunately suffer additional injuries due to airbag deployment. Airbags
deploy at high speeds and can often cause burns or contusions to a motorist’s
arms, chest, and/or face. Airbags can be particularly dangerous for small
children, and deployment may cause fractures,
brain injuries, spinal injuries, and more. For these reasons, every driver should be
aware of ways to prevent or limit injuries caused by airbags.
Know Where to Seat Your Child
As previously discussed on this blog, children must always be seated in
the back seat until age eight, according to Georgia law. This is partially
to protect them from injuries that may occur due to the deployment of
airbags in the front seat. In addition, children should be properly restrained
and must use an appropriate car seat or booster seat for their age, height,
Check to See if Your Car is Subject to Airbag Recalls
In recent months, major airbag manufacturer Takata has been
recalling various vehicles with certain airbags due to possible dangerous defects
with airbag inflators. The defects can cause the airbag to deploy too
quickly or explode upon deployment, which can send pieces of sharp metal
flying into the passenger compartment of the car. These metal pieces have
caused numerous injuries and even deaths to motorists in recent years.
So far, Takata has only announced limited recalls in areas with high humidity,
as the company claims the humidity is the trigger for the malfunction.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working
for nationwide recalls, however, and various auto manufacturers have initiated
their own recalls, including Mitsubishi, General Motors, Subaru, Nissan,
Honda, BMW, Mazda, Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota.
If you believe that your vehicle may be subject to a recall due to potentially
defective airbags, it is highly important that you follow
all recall instructions and have your airbags replaced or repaired as soon as possible. You never
know when you will be involved in a collision that will cause the deployment
of your airbags, so you never want to risk unnecessary injury because
you delayed following up on a recall. You may also sign up with the NHTSA
to receive alerts with new recall information via email or your Apple
or Android mobile device.
In the unfortunate event that you or a family member is injured by an airbag
or for another reason in a collision, you should always contact an experienced
personal injury attorney in Atlanta to discuss your legal rights as soon as possible. At the office of Goldstein
& Hayes, we are dedicated to helping injured victims, so call today
at (404) 869-8600 for help.