However, when airbags and seat belts are defective and fail to function as they should, they can cause serious or fatal injuries to passenger vehicle occupants.

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What types of injuries are caused by defective seat belts and airbags?

Faulty seat belts and airbags can cause serious or even fatal injuries, such as the following:

  • Defective airbags may deploy when there is no collision, fracturing wrists and facial bones and causing other serious injuries.
  • Other faulty airbags may fail to deploy in a crash, leaving vehicle occupants to suffer the full impact of a collision and often resulting in head or spinal injuries. 
  • Airbags that lack tethers (internal leather straps) can inflate too far into the vehicle interior, causing serious facial and eye injuries. 
  • Seat belts that are improperly calibrated can crush internal organs and ribs in an accident. 
  • Defective seat belt webbing may not be strong enough to sustain the impact of a car crash and fail to protect the occupant. 
  • Faulty seat belts can become unlatched when the plate slips out of the buckle, and may appear to be latched when they are not. An unlatched seat belt allows the driver or passenger to be thrown into the windshield or ejected from the vehicle. 

What recourse do you have if you’ve been hurt by airbag or seat belt failure?

If you’ve been hurt by a defective airbag or seat belt, you may have a product liability claim against the auto manufacturer. Depending on the circumstances of your particular case, you may be entitled to claim damages that may include medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life. Your best chance of recovering full compensation is to have an experienced San Jose personal injury lawyer handling your case.

As soon as you hire us, we’ll handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company, standing as a shield between you and them. We have one goal: to help you rebuild your life. 

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