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Airbags were created to protect vehicle occupants from impact during a crash and are intended to be used in conjunction with seat belts. When the vehicle detects an impact, the bag deploys, rapidly filling with air and then immediately deflating, providing a cushion. However, many airbags have proven to be a hazard.
Common airbag malfunctions include deploying when there has been no accident, deploying with injuring force, releasing harmful chemicals, and failing to deploy.
Airbags that deploy when there has been no impact can cause serious accidents. Airbags that deploy with too much force can cause eye socket injuries, brain injuries, whiplash, broken bones, and death. Airbags are particularly dangerous to children and small adults.
A defective airbag can cause serious injuries in auto accidents that would have otherwise resulted in only minor injuries or no injuries at all. The potential dangers of airbags have been known to manufacturers for many years, yet they continue to make and install these so-called safety devices with serious defects.
The lawyers at Jacoby & Meyers have a great deal of experience handling complex defective auto claims, and we have the skills to help you receive the compensation you deserve. If your auto accident injuries have been made worse by a defect, we will fight aggressively to hold the manufacturer accountable for the costs you have incurred as a result of these avoidable injuries.
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