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When airbags fail

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Airbags | 0 comments

Recently, Japanese airbag maker Takata has been compelled by different authorities around the world to recall and fix its airbags that may explode when triggered, spraying front seat occupants with shards of plastics and metals at a speed so high that it can be fatal. To date, several deaths have been recorded in association with the issue, and several hundreds more have been injured. According to www.chrismayolaw.com/san-antonio-personal-injury-lawyers/, more and more people that have been harmed by the airbag are now filing for legal action against the manufacturer to seek compensation from the damages they have incurred.

Supposedly, airbags are triggered when there is a sudden decrease of acceleration, which happens when the car hits another car or a hard, immovable object (a wall, or a tree). When the airbag detects sudden deceleration, it would trigger the propellants contained inside the envelope, creating a very fast chemical reaction that generates gas. This gas inflates the airbag, providing front occupants ‘cushion’ during hard collisions.

However, Takata’s airbags are equipped with a new component that instead of inflating the bag, it causes the bag to explode, making the occupants more prone to cuts, lacerations, bruises, and blindness. According to personal injury lawyers from Rhinelander, (visit their website to learn more), some severe instances of Takata airbag explosions even resulted in deaths.

Airbags are always expected to inflate properly in times of troubles. But, as a car owner, you should also be aware that there are occasions wherein airbags do not deploy. Here are some of them:

During angular collisions – If you have been side-swept or rear hit by a car, your front airbags are less likely to deploy. However, newer cars are now equipped with side airbags, which deploy during side collisions.

During a fender bender – A slight car crash might not be enough to deploy airbags.

When you hit a moving object – Your airbags are least likely to deploy when you hit a moving object, such as animals, a pole, or worst, a pedestrian.

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