Many people appreciate the safety benefits of placing frontal airbags in vehicles. According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, an estimated 2,000 people were saved by airbags alone in 2001, and that number is on an upward trend. Now, more and more vehicle manufacturers are also installing airbags on the sides of vehicles as well. However, drivers should remember that there are safety hazards associated with airbags.
As with almost everything, there are both pros and cons to using airbags. And if the airbag is defective, this is a flaw that could prove fatal to a driver or passenger. If you have been hurt due to a faulty airbag, you should not let the manufacturer go unpunished for this carelessness. Contact a Stevens Point auto defect attorney from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to discuss your case.
How Airbags Help
Sensors placed in your vehicle trigger the instantaneous release of an airbag. At time of impact, the airbag bursts open so that any forward momentum sends you plunging into the airbag. Instead of crashing into the hard steering wheel or dashboard, an airbag gives you a somewhat softer surface. This can also protect you from hitting the windshield.
Disadvantages of Airbags
In reality, there is some debate as to whether or not airbags are truly as beneficial as they first appear. A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that airbag deployment has claimed the lives of 26 children and 19 adults. This is because the powerful airbags can hit young children and petite adults in the head or neck, causing fatal injuries. Airbags can also be very dangerous if they erroneously go off while you are driving, or if they do not deploy as they should during an accident.
If you are a victim of a faulty airbag, you may be entitled to financial compensation to help you with your recovery. To discuss the details of your case, contact an experienced Stevens Point auto defect lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.