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Who’s Liable When Airbags Fail to Deploy?

Airbags are a safety feature in modern vehicles, designed to mitigate the impact of collisions and protect occupants from severe injuries. However, there are instances when airbags fail to deploy as intended during accidents.

Why do airbags fail?

Airbag failures can occur for various reasons, and they are not limited to a single factor. Some common causes include:

  • Defective airbags:In some cases, the airbags themselves may be faulty due to manufacturing defects or design flaws. These defects can prevent proper deployment during a crash.
  • Sensor malfunctions:Airbag systems rely on sensors to detect a collision and trigger deployment. If these sensors malfunction or are not properly maintained, it can lead to failure.
  • Electrical issues:Problems with the electrical system, such as faulty wiring or a blown fuse, can prevent airbags from deploying when needed.
  • Improper installation: Aftermarket modifications or repairs performed incorrectly may interfere with the airbag system's functionality.

Liability for airbag failures

Determining liability for airbag deployment failures can be a complex process and may involve multiple parties. The following are potential liable parties:

  • Automobile manufacturers:If the airbag failure is due to a manufacturing defect, the vehicle manufacturer may be held liable. This includes cases where a defect in the airbag's design or manufacturing process is identified.
  • Airbag manufacturers: In some instances, the airbag itself may be defective. Airbag manufacturers can be held responsible if their product is found to be faulty.
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair facilities:If the airbag system fails due to improper maintenance or repairs, the responsibility may fall on the shoulders of maintenance or repair facilities.
  • Other motorists: If another driver's negligence or recklessness leads to an accident and airbag failure, that driver may be held liable for the resulting injuries.

If you’ve experienced airbag failure during an accident, call the qualified Sarasota, FL car accident lawyers at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh today.

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