No one who buys, leases, or rents a vehicle with an airbag does so expecting that the airbag—a device designed and intended to save lives—will injure, or worse, kill them. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened in a series of wrongful death cases involving defective airbags in a wide range of vehicles. There is no doubt air bags have saved countless lives; however, when they do not deploy properly, passengers of those vehicles are subject to dire consequences.
When airbags fail, there are two different types of cases for which we’d file the lawsuit—either a personal injury case or a production liability case. Once we gather details from you and proceed with our research and expertise, we’ll determine both the type of case we have on our hands as well as the best approach to bring justice to you and/or your loved ones.
Typically, a product liability claim for any defective item, including a motor vehicle part, will fall into one of three categories:
- Manufacturing Defects: These defects occur when the materials or manufacturing process used in the item is not sufficient to stand up to ordinary use. For instance, a bolt used to hold a vehicle frame together that was made of steel too soft to withstand the forces of driving would be a manufacturing defect.
- Design Defects: These defects occur when a product or part is made of adequate materials but is designed in an unreasonably dangerous way. For instance, making a steel clothing rack with sharp points on the ends of the bars might be seen as a design defect.
- Warnings Defects: Some products cannot be made reasonably safe and still do their job: kitchen knives, for example. These products must come with warnings to alert users to the risks.