How to Determine If Your Air Bag Performed Properly

Although air bags are created as a safety device, government documentation confirms they’ve killed hundreds of people and caused significant trauma, like head injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), paralysis, face injuries, eye injuries, blindness, neck injuries, vertebral fractures, spine injuries, paralysis, chest injuries, heart injuries, internal injuries, bone fractures, and also death.

You may well not realize it, but air bags deploy at speeds sometimes exceeding 200 mph. Many consumers experiencing an air bag deployment have indicated that the air bag did actually explode, and still have compared the sound with a shotgun blast.

I’ve investigated air bag defects, problems and malfunctions in most types of vehicles, including models from Acura, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors (GM), GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, Porsche, Saturn, Toyota, and Volkswagen (VW) for Welch Graham & Ogden Insurance .

When questioning an air bag’s performance during an accident, you can find three critical questions you ought to analyze before determining its role in contributing to serious injuries or even a wrongful death.

Should air bag have deployed?

When an airbag should deploy depends on many different factors, including your type of airbag. If the airbag did not deploy, and should have, you may have a “failure to deploy” or “non-deployment” case. In such a situation, the air bag might have deployed if air bag crash sensor or other components hadn’t failed.

Failure of a crash sensor (or perhaps the wires connecting a crash sensor towards the electronic control unit) often cause air bag not to deploy. Sometimes air bags don’t deploy for the reason that car company didn’t conduct adequate crash tests when designing mid-air bags.

For example, many airbag systems sold to consumers were never tested in car-to-car crash tests, although such crashes occur every single day. We often see air bag failures in crashes involving trees or utility poles.

If the passenger air bag deployed, though the driver air bag would not deploy, your vehicle may contain a defective “clockspring” or coil. A clockspring is surely an electrical device positioned in the steering column under the driver air bag. Its function would be to transmit a power current to deploy the driving force air bag. Several defects are already identified in clocksprings, including design defects, inadequate testing, improper installation and improper adjustment – that have resulted in driver air bag failures.

In certain instances, a passenger air bag is not going to deploy even though the driver air bag deployed along with a passenger was relaxing in the seat. This could occur if the advanced air bags (now widely used in new cars) are not able to detect the passenger with their passenger presence detection sensor.

If mid-air bag deployed, but should not have deployed, you might have an “inadvertent” or unwarranted low-speed deployment. Inadvertent deployments may appear even in the event the vehicle wasn’t involved in an accident and they are often a result of air bag sensor or another electrical system defects. In some cases, a minor action such as being a turning your key in the ignition can trigger air bag deployment.

Some manufacturers used inappropriate sensor combinations which are overly prone to low-speed, localized impacts. Other manufacturers used inappropriate sensors and/or test programs that allowed air bags to deploy even when the vehicle struck a pothole or curb.

Did air bag deploy late?

In a late deployment case, the environment bag deploys later than it ought to, allowing one to move toward the air bag (sometimes called “out-of-position”). The extreme force from an air bag at close range could cause catastrophic injuries. Late deployments often happen in minor accidents and collisions that vary from the manufacturers’ crash testing.

At least one manufacturer implemented an electrical device in an attempt to fix more problems, but which caused late deployments under certain accident circumstances.

Often, such late deployments could be prevented using additional sensors and/or changes to the algorithms of electronic sensors. In some instances, the car’s “black box” will tell you that a late deployment came about. The airbag system’s black box is also sometimes called the SDM (Sensing and Diagnostic Module), DERM (Diagnostic and Energy Reserve Module), RCM (Restraints Control Module), EDR (Event Data Recorder), or ECU (Electronic Control Unit).

Did air bag have specific security features?

Because air bags can deploy at speeds of more than 200 mph, they should include certain safety features to reduce the potential risk of injury during deployment.

When investigating this form of potential case, we evaluate if your air bag system performed as intended and when it included safety features including air bag inflaters that inflate less forcefully, tethers that significantly reduce “bag slap” injuries, and vents that decrease pressure inside the environment bag. We also investigate the possibility that manufacturing defects and quality control problems caused or contributed to your injuries.

In addition to safety measures, the environment bag system must work together using the other parts in the car. For example, air bag crash sensors depend on the automobile having a good structure or frame and so the signal is received in time to avoid a late deployment. Also, the instrument panel (I/P) or “dash” needs to be designed so that the knees and legs aren’t injured, while keeping the body properly positioned. And, when air bag deploys, it should not create additional hazards for other components. For example, some air bags are acknowledged to shatter the dash and send the pieces flying toward the passengers at high speeds.

You should get solutions to these questions for virtually any potentially defective front, side, curtain or rollover air bags. You deserve a safe and effective air bag during any form of a crash.


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