Air bag deployment cases are common and generally fall within one of two categories (1) failure to deploy; or (2) improper deployment. Failure to deploy cases occur under a number of different circumstances whether it is a defect in the crash sensor defect, failure to inflate properly or a overall defect in the airbag. Recently Kia Motors Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru Honda have had issues with deployment of airbags in car accidents leading to thousands of vehicle being recalled recalls for airbag defects. Improper deployment occurs when the air bag deploys, but does so improperly. Generally speaking air bags are designed to offer a safety blanket to help avoid injuries. When an airbag deploy improperly it is because of some type of defect in the product. Whether it is a improper deployment or failure to deploy with regards to airbag issues, our firm can help with your recovery. Below is a list of resources to consider with regards to your cause of action.
Takata Exploding Airbag Lawsuit – Honda Toyota and BMW Vehicles Recalled
The NHTSA has announced a massive recall millions of vehicles containing defective airbags manufactures by Takata, a Japanese based auto parts manufacturer. According to investigators the recalled airbags can unexpectedly malfunction resulting in the explosion of deadly shards of metal into the passenger compartment. Some news reports have suggested Takata Corporation may have known of such issues as early as the mid two thousands. Such ruptures have been associated with at least dozens of fatalities and severe injuries. Possible avenues of litigation may involve the use of any evidence of Takata,and its auto manufacturing partners Honda, Toyota and others, of their knowledge of the malfunction in order to establish a basis for a punitive lawsuit.
How airbags work: Failure to Deploy Issues
Airbags are an added safety measure to your vehicle and with today’s technology deploy multiple factors with regards to proper deployment. An air bag will deploy when the vehicle is involved in a collision which deliver a signal causing the deployment to occur. Generally, for an air bag to deploy there must be a collision causing impact equal to a certain amount of force. As a rule of thumb car collisions between 10-15 MPH will deploy an airbag. Airbags will deploy upon a collision causing a chain reaction between two chemicals Sodium Azide (NAN3) and Potassium Nitrate (KN03) which release nitrogen gas, which is responsible for inflating the airbag. However, often times airbags fail to meet the proper chemical reaction required for deployment in a timely manner and thus cause injuries which they were designed to protect. In such instances it is important to seek proper legal assistance to protect your rights.
What to do after your accident
After the accident it is important to make sure all parties are safe and that proper medical treatment is rendered. It is also important to preserve the evidence including the airbag and any all related information to the collision. Our staff has the resources and technicians who will examine and identify the cause of the airbag defect and allow us to properly pursue your case. With the proper analysis of the air bag and other related components we can make a proper determination of the root of the air bag malfunction and build your case. However, it is important that such relevant information be maintained for examination. We recommend contacting our offices for a free evaluation and examination of the facts to determine the best action to take.
Air Bag Chemicals and dangers to your health
Air bags can release certain toxic chemicals at deployment which can be hazardous to your health if inhaled. While these chemicals are necessary in order to create the proper chain reaction needed to inflate the air bag they can still be dangerous. The two chemicals found in airbag’s are Sodium Azide and Potassium Nitrate. When your airbag improperly inflates theses chemicals are released which can cause mild to serious side-effects which include:
- Rapid breathing
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heart rate
- Red eyes (gas or dust exposure)
- Clear drainage from the nose (gas or dust exposure)
- Cough (gas or dust exposure)
- Skin burns and blisters (explosion or direct skin contact)
This list is not meant to be a comprehensive outline of all side-effects, but is important to note that such side-effects can be serious and medical treatment may be required. Downtown LA Law airbag accident and defect attorneys can assist you with your claim and help you recover.
Injuries Related to Airbag Accidents
Common injuries related to airbag accidents include:
- Loss of life;
- Brain injuries including traumatic brain injury;
- Spine, neck and head injuries;
- Thoracic trauma to the body;
- Loss of limbs;
- Facial and body lacerations;
- Allergic reactions;
- Concussions; and
- Loss of eye sight and or loss or diminished hearing capabilities.
These injuries can be serious and require proper legal attention. If you have been injured as a result of your airbag not deploying contact our Los Angeles airbag defect lawyers at Downtown L.A. Law Group. We fight hard so you don’t need to.