In the event of a car accident, both front and side-impact airbags are designed to deploy after a collision, Airbags offer supplement protection that works best when seat belts are also used, reducing the chance that your head or upper body will hit the vehicle’s steering wheel, dashboard, or side window during a crash.
As we learned with the recent massive Takata Airbag Recall, the equipment we rely on to keep us safe in an accident, sometimes fails, or worse, can cause further injury.
If you or a loved one was injured after an airbag failed to deploy in a car accident, our Salt Lake City product liability attorneys at Eisenberg, Cutt, Kendell & Olson can help you hold the auto manufacturer liable for their defective auto parts. Since 2000, we have recovered more than $400 million on behalf of our clients, whether we obtained compensation from settlements, arbitration, and verdicts.
Why Did an Airbag Fail to Deploy?
In general, a signal is sent from the airbag system’s electronic control unit to the airbag module’s inflator. Then the inflator’s igniter starts a chemical reaction which produces a harmless gas to instantly inflate the airbag. However, there are several reasons why airbags are not deployed in a car accident.
The following are common reasons for airbag non-deployment:
- The type of crash – The nature of the collision is considered a significant factor. Depending on where your car was hit, airbag sensors might not have been set off. This typically occurs when frontal airbags are not released during a side-impact collision or rollover accident.
- Defective airbag sensors – If an airbag fails to deploy, it could be possible the sensors failed to properly detect the airbag or the collision itself. This is caused by inadequate design, testing, or installation of these sensors and even failure in calibration or software.
- Defective electrical parts – The electrical components or wiring are responsible for communicating impact signals to the airbags. When these electrical parts are defective, failures can occur.
- Severed wiring – Sometimes, manufacturers route wires through areas of the vehicle that make them vulnerable to severing. When these wires are damaged or severed, the impact signals cannot reach the airbag module.
- Airbag module defects – The airbag module itself could be defective, especially if it fails to respond to the impact signals.
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