Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer and catastrophic injury attorney reviewing airbag nondeployment lawsuits

An airbag, along with seat belts, is among the most important safety feature in a vehicle.  But when an airbag is defective and doesn’t deploy during an auto collision, or if the airbag deploys inadvertently, severe injuries may result. Victims of an auto airbag defect may hire a product liability attorney and choose to file airbag nondeployment lawsuits.

To begin building a strong case against a negligent manufacturer, it is critical for plaintiffs to preserve all evidence of the airbag failure and nondeployment. Accident reconstruction experts will assist in a post-accident investigation and help build an auto defect case with your product liability attorney.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati product liability lawyer and Ohio catastrophic injury attorney reviewing airbag nondeployment lawsuits and other dangerous auto defects nationwide.

What Cars Have Defective Airbags?

There could be hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road with faulty airbags–airbags that deploy inadvertently or fail to deploy–and here are a few models that have been named in auto defect lawsuits:

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Causes of Airbag Non-Deployment

Manufacturing defects, design defects and negligent auto repairs have all been suspected in defective airbag lawsuits.

Generally an airbag will deploy when a sufficient force hits a threshold and initiates the release of the airbag. But there may be defective sensors in an automobile, and an airbag may not deploy at all, or may deploy only partially or late. In such cases, severe injuries like traumatic brain injuries and permanent disabilities are possible.

Manufacturers can improperly design, test, or install sensors. Failures in software or calibration of the airbag firing threshold can cause an airbag sensor to not detect a collision. Other causes of airbag non-deployment may include:

  • Airbag Module Defect: a defective airbag module may prevent an airbag from firing during an accident. This is most likely the result of inherent design or manufacturing defects.
  • Poor airbag design
  • Cheap construction materials
  • Negligent manufacturing
  • Auto Repair Negligence
  • Faulty Steering Wheel Wiring
  • Corroded or severed electronics: Airbag failures can occur when manufacturers choose to run wires through areas that make them vulnerable to being severed during a crash. If sensor wiring is damaged or severed, signals will fail to reach the airbag module and it will not deploy.
  • Defective software
  • Improper testing & quality control

Airbag Defect Injuries

When an airbag fails to deploy when intended, severe collision injuries are likely. Car accidents may result in the following:

Airbag Nondeployment Lawsuits

Airbags are an important safety features in any automobile, and according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), airbags reduce driver and passenger fatalities by over 30 percent in frontal collision. But even though automobile airbags can greatly reduce road fatalities, they can be defective, and fail to deploy or deploy later than intended. Ohio motorists and car passengers injured by improperly deploying or non-deploying airbags may have filed claims against automobile companies when injuries occur.

The Lyon Firm is dedicated to making America’s roads safer by holding negligent auto companies accountable for injuries linked to defective airbags and other auto parts. When a car maker fails to properly test their safety features and a motorist or passenger is injured as a result, they may be liable for damages related to the accident.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a non-deploying airbag, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding airbag nondeployment lawsuits.