What if a driver’s injuries were made worse by an airbag that deployed too late?

What if a driver’s injuries were made worse by an airbag that deployed too late?

Airbags are installed in vehicles because they help reduce the chances of a person suffering severe or fatal injuries when involved in a collision. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “front airbags reduce driver fatalities in frontal crashes by 29% “and fatalities of passengers in the front seat by 32%.


What is an airbag exactly and how does it work?


An airbag is a cushion that inflates and deploys when sensors detect impact. These sensors “signal inflators to fill the bags with gas in a fraction of a second.” Airbags are usually placed in front of the vehicle, on the sides, and sometimes even where a driver’s knees reach.

According to the IIHS, some newer vehicles have airbags that have “a safety belt sensor and use an algorithm to decide whether to deploy the bag in a given crash.”


What can cause an airbag to deploy too early or not deploy at all?


There are a few reasons why an airbag may deploy too early or not at all in the event of a crash.


  1. The airbag manufacturer made a mistake in the design.

Airbags are products that are created by a manufacturer. Sometimes, during production, a machine might malfunction and cause the design to become flawed. This is why manufacturers should inspect their products before selling them to ensure they don’t contain any defects.


  1. The vehicle manufacturer installed the airbag incorrectly.

If a vehicle manufacturer failed to properly install airbags into their vehicles, it could potentially cause it to deploy at the wrong time or not at all.


  1. The airbag installed was counterfeit.

Counterfeit products are often much cheaper to use and therefore, certain auto mechanics or companies may choose to install them in vehicles. While counterfeit products might be more affordable, they generally don’t function as well as the real product and therefore, are more likely to fail.


When a Faulty Airbag is to blame for severe injuries suffered in a motor vehicle crash


If an individual was injured in a car accident in Florida and they believe their injuries were made worse by an airbag that didn’t function properly, they should consult with a Fort Walton Beach, FL personal injury lawyer. The lawyers at Browning Law Firm can determine if an individual has a valid case, what it is worth, and who the liable parties are. To receive a free consultation to learn more about recovering compensation after suffering airbag injuries, contact Browning Law Firm at 850-344-1736.


Browning Law Firm is located at:


418 Racetrack Rd. NE, Ste B

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Phone: 850-344-1736

Website: www.browninglawfirm.com