Whether you have a claim depends on why the airbags did not deploy. It’s true that some airbags do not deploy when they should, but airbags are not meant to be triggered for just any collision. It usually takes a significant impact and high speed to trigger this safety feature. If your airbags did not deploy, do not assume that the car manufacturer is to blame. It is important to note that there are other reasons, such as the following:
- Point and severity of impact
- Whether the airbags had been previously deployed and re-installed by someone other than the manufacturer
- Whether you sustained more severe injuries because the airbag did not deploy
If you were not traveling at a very high speed, or if it was a side impact as opposed to a frontal impact, there is a greater chance that your airbags will not be triggered. Also, once they have been deployed, they must be re-installed in the car. If they have not been re-installed, or if they have not been re-installed properly, the car manufacturer cannot be held liable.
The extent of harm you suffered may also be an issue. Product defective cases against big manufacturers can be expensive and difficult. The additional harm you suffered as a result of the failure of the airbag to deploy must be sufficient to justify the risk, cost, time, and money of the litigation.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
The best way to determine if you have a case against the car manufacturer is to contact a personal injury attorney and discuss the specific facts of your case. At Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C., we are here for you. Give us a call at (907) 452-1205 for a free consultation to discuss your specific situation.