NYC Airbag Injury Lawyer | Feiner & Lavy Law Firm
The airbags that are meant to help people survive crashes have been injuring or even killing passengers involved in car accidents. Defects in the airbags and their containers are causing explosions that are sending shards of material through the passenger compartment of a car like shrapnel from a bomb, leading to injuries including blindness, massive blood loss, and, in a few cases, death.
If you’ve been injured by a defective airbag that deployed during a car accident, you need an NYC Airbag Injury Lawyer to investigate if you are entitled to compensation. The parties responsible may not have been involved in the accident – they are probably the manufacturers of the airbag and the vehicle. Recently, General Motors has come under scrutiny for not issuing a recall for vehicles outfitted with defective and dangerous Takata airbags. These airbags are known to pose a major safety risk, but GM resisted recalling vehicles and forced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall on November 30, 2020. The vehicles included in this recall include the Cadillac Escalade; Chevy models Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe; and GMC models Sierra and Yukon, all from model years 2007 through 2014.
It’s not only those models. There are many models of car that have been recalled due to defective airbags. Manufacturers include Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Mercedes, Ford, Freightliner, Honda, Infiniti, Lincoln, Jaguar, Jeep, Mazda, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Scion, Tesla, Toyota, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen, and the vehicles have model years from 2000 through 2017.
An NYC Airbag Injury Lawyer can tell you if a car you were injured in was among the more than 40 million vehicles that were covered by the Takata airbag recall that began in 2014. Because the defective airbags were installed in vehicles over a long period, your injuries don’t have to be recent for you to be eligible for a settlement. Here are some tell-tale signs of common injuries suffered when a defective airbag is deployed:
- Wounds that resemble those suffered in a stabbing;
- Punctures of varying sizes that can look like someone being hit by dozens of small shards of metal or plastic (shrapnel);
- Burns to the face, arms, or torso;
- Broken bones from the airbag deploying.
Beyond substantial blood loss and permanent disfigurement, victims can suffer eye injuries or blindness; ear injuries, including deafness; traumatic brain injury; nerve damage; broken teeth or injuries to an unborn child.
While it is outrageous to an NYC Airbag Injury Lawyer that Takata, the company that manufactured the airbags, knew that its design was defective 10 or more years before the recall, this isn’t the only problem. Takata’s design was uniquely flawed, but other airbag manufacturers could also be liable for injuries suffered in an accident. This includes faulty airbag deployments, chemicals or powders expelled from an airbag, or airbags that don’t deploy in an accident.
If you suffered injuries due to a defective airbag being deployed or improperly deploying, an NYC Airbag Injury Lawyer can help you to identify the cause and the responsible party. We will pursue them vigorously to get you the kind of help you need to recover from your injuries and compensate you for your pain and losses that you are due.