Defective Seat Belts & Air Bags Lawsuits
Anyone who has been in a car accident and protected by a seatbelt or airbag knows how important these safety features are. But when these devices fail to work properly, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic and even lead to wrongful death. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to a malfunctioning seat belt or air bag, the knowledgeable New York product liability lawyers at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP can help you place accountability on the people responsible.
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The Dangers of Defective Auto parts
At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, we help people who have been injured due to defective auto parts, including those who have been injured or have lost loved ones due to defective air bags and seat belts.
There are a number of ways in which defective restraints can contribute to serious car accident injuries:
- Defective seat belts: Seat belts can fail to lock up or spool out improperly, failing to protect the people who are wearing them.
- Defective air bags: Some air bag injuries occur due the failure of the air bag to deploy, while many people are injured by air bags deploying when they are not needed.
- Lap belts: Children and adults strapped into backseat lap belts are prone to suffer serious injuries in an auto collision.
Takata Airbag Explosions
Takata Corporation manufactures airbag inflators and propellant devices placed in dozens of automobile brands available in the U.S. These dangerous devices have an inherent defect by using solid propellants without a desiccant or chemical drying agent. The desiccant is needed to absorb moisture and prevent the degradation of the airbag inflator and devices. Due to the design defect, airbags may be improperly inflated especially in older vehicle models and areas of high temperatures or humidity.
Takata's reckless concern for safety was so high, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) imposed a $70 million fine against Takata. In May 2016, NHTSA expanded the pool of defective inflators to become the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history. These bags are in millions of cars of many makes and models-currently estimated up to 85 million!
Work With a Legal Team Experienced With Defective Auto Parts
Our New York auto defect lawyers have handled numerous auto product liability cases and are adept at identifying liability and valuing cases. We work closely with clients to help them determine who is responsible for installing defective equipment in their vehicle.