How To Prevent Serious Airbag Injuries

July 9, 2014 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
How To Prevent Serious Airbag Injuries

There have been many advancements in airbag technology since frontal airbags were introduced to the public in the 1980s. Most vehicles now come equipped with frontal airbags for the driver and passenger side. Some vehicles also have side airbags, curtain airbags and even seatbelt airbags. Although the advancements have made vehicles safer and saved thousands of lives, in some cases they can still cause injuries and even death. The frontal airbag is not intended to deploy in all car crashes, which is why it is essential that drivers and passengers always wear their seatbelts. Seatbelts are the first line of defense during a car accident. In order to prevent airbag injuries, here are some recommendations drivers and passengers should follow:

  • Keep a 10-inch (or more) minimum between yourself and the location of the airbag, be it the steering wheel or dashboard
  • Children under 12 years old should be seated in the back seat
  • Elderly and smaller adults should be wearing their seatbelts and move their seats as far back as possible
  • Pregnant women especially need to make sure they are at least 10 inches away from the wear the airbag will deploy
  • If you're in an accident and your airbag deploys, make sure you get the bag replaced
  • If your airbag readiness light is illuminated, get it checked out by a technician
Finally, vehicle owners should always be on the lookout for potential recalls. Millions of vehicles have been recalled this year due to faulty airbags as well as failure of airbag deployment. If your or someone you know has suffered from airbag injuries during a car accident or if you suffered injuries due to a faulty airbag, the victim may be entitled to compensation. The personal injury attorneys at O'Connor, Acciani & Levy can help you determine what your legal rights are and if you may be entitled to file a claim for medical expenses, lost wages and more. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to your right or call us at (877) 288-3241 to schedule your free legal consultation.