Airbags are designed to save lives by providing a cushioning effect during a collision, which helps to reduce the impact forces on occupants in a vehicle. They work in conjunction with seat belts to enhance overall safety. Here's how airbags function and some considerations regarding their deployment:
How Airbags Work:
When Airbags Deploy: As a general rule, airbags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe frontal vehicle collisions. They are not meant to deploy in minor accidents, side impacts, or rear-end collisions. The decision to deploy depends on the vehicle's speed change, the direction of impact, and other factors that the sensors evaluate.
Reasons for Airbag Failure to Deploy:
Risks of Airbag Non-deployment: While airbags can significantly reduce injury risk, their non-deployment in a severe collision can lead to increased injury risks for occupants. The lack of an airbag cushion may allow occupants to impact hard surfaces like the steering wheel or dashboard, leading to more severe injuries.
Risks of Improper Deployment: While airbags are designed to save lives, improper deployment or deploying in situations where it's not needed (e.g., low-speed collisions) can also pose risks, causing injuries such as abrasions, fractures, or burns.
Maintenance and Recalls: Regular maintenance and adherence to recall notices are crucial to ensuring the proper functioning of the airbag system. Manufacturers issue recalls if they discover issues that could affect the safety of the airbags, and it's essential for vehicle owners to address these recalls promptly.
In summary, airbags save lives by providing a protective cushion during collisions, but their effectiveness depends on proper deployment and the overall condition of the vehicle's safety systems. Regular maintenance, prompt recall responses, and adherence to safety guidelines contribute to maximizing their effectiveness. If you believe your airbags did not deploy properly and that failure actually caused or contributed to the severity of the injury, you should discuss your case with a lawyer who is experienced with airbag cases.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia,