In a word, yes. Yes, you can. Product liability lawsuits for Takata airbags are increasing across the country. Although a nationwide recall has not yet been issued, injuries and even fatalities continue to increase for drivers whose cars had faulty airbags installed. According to LawywersAndSettlements.com, three deaths this year have already been attributed to Takata airbags, which are sometimes found in cars manufactured by Honda Motors. Three more deaths are being investigated to see if they were also partly caused by the faulty airbags.
These airbags are malfunctioning because high humidity and changes in temperature can cause the ammonium nitrate in the airbags to break down. If that happens, the airbags deploy with too much force and metal components of the airbag can break off and fly through the cabin.
Can Airbags Cause Injuries?
Although airbags are meant to keep you safe and alive during a car accident, defective airbags can, in fact, be very dangerous. According to YourLegalGuide.com, airbag defects were linked to 284 deaths and an even greater number of injuries between 1990 and 2007. Airbag accidents can cause serious and long lasting injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, blindness, loss of hearing, and broken bones. Defective airbags can even cause extremely painful burns from hot gases, leaking chemicals, and intense friction. People who have been hurt by malfunctioning airbags can sometimes get compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and in the most extreme cases, wrongful death.
What Should I Do?
First you should contact your car’s manufacturer or your local dealership to determine if your car has the faulty airbag installed. If it does, you might want to pay to have a new airbag installed. Potential class-action lawsuits have already been filed against Takata and Honda to win reimbursement for airbag replacement costs. These lawsuits are alleging that both companies knew about the faulty airbags and failed to take preventative measures. If you do have these airbags in your car and you are having them removed, you should contact a product liability lawyer and see if you could potentially become a member to one of these class action suits.
What if I Suffer Injuries Due to an Airbag Defect?
If you were in a collision and suffered additional injuries due to a defective Takata airbag, you should contact a personal injury/product liability lawyer immediately. A personal injury or product liability lawyer will be able to determine if you are eligible for compensation.
Sometimes it seems like technology comes up with a new way to kill us every day. Even airbags, a product meant to save lives, can cause life-threatening injuries and even death. Because they inflate with incredible force and speed, a faulty airbag can be as dangerous as a deadly weapon. Please do your due diligence and make sure the airbag you currently have is not a defective model. Although these accidents are rare, they seem to be increasing. In the case that you are injured by your airbag, our attorneys at Bighorn Law have the expertise to help you get the appropriate compensation.