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Crosley Law Firm Represents Injured Victims of Defective Airbags
Airbags trace their history as far back as the 1940s, but more than 70 years later, they’re still a work in progress when it comes to safety and reliability. When these devices work correctly, they can save lives and prevent serious injuries. When they don’t, however, serious injuries or even death can ensue.
Among the most common injuries caused by defective airbags include:
- Broken facial bones (nose, orbitals, jaw)
- Eye injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cervical spine injuries
- Partial decapitation
Common Cause of Injury
The most common causes of airbag-related injuries include airbag-related injuries include:
- Failed deployment
- Late deployment
- Aggressive deployment
- Design flaws
- Untethered airbags
- Incomplete or inadequate consumer warnings
- Lack of side airbags
Airbags can also pose a significant health risk to children, especially when they inflate during a low-impact crash. Therefore, it’s imperative that children under the age of 12 always be placed in an appropriate safety apparatus in the back seat of the vehicle.
5 Mistakes to Avoid After an Auto Accident
Several public safety organizations continue to push for stricter safety requirements and more thorough testing for airbags, but as of right now, the risk of serious injury or even death remains. Therefore, we urge all vehicle drivers and passengers to take the following precautions when driving:
- Always wear your seatbelt properly.
- Sit as far back from the wheel or dash as is practical without impeding your ability to drive the vehicle.
- Infants should always be placed in the back seat in a rear-facing car seat.
- Children under the age of 12 should always sit in the backseat.
- Never allow children to ride while sitting in someone’s lap.
- Tilt your steering wheel toward your chest rather than toward your head or neck.
Takata Airbag Recall
Millions of vehicles in the United States today are affected by the Takata airbag recall, which was instituted as a response to the potentially dangerous and deadly inflation devices manufactured by Japanese auto supplier Takata. Experts have determined that these inflation devices occasionally shoot metal fragments throughout the vehicle upon airbag deployment, creating a serious risk of harm for vehicle occupants.
Thus far, experts estimate that this dangerous defect may have affected as many as 34 million vehicles in the United States, plus at least another 7 million worldwide.
As of August 3, 2016, the following vehicle makes have been affected by the Takata airbag recall:
- Daimler Trucks North America
- Daimler Vans USA, LLC
- Land Rover
If you or someone you know owns or operates one of the vehicles above or has already been injured as a result of a defective airbag, please contact Crosley Law Firm today by calling (210) 354-4321 or completing the form on this page. We offer free consultations to help better understand your case and your options, and our contingent fee policy ensures that you won’t pay unless we are able to achieve a recovery on your behalf.