Experienced Defective Vehicle Airbags Attorney in Texas and New Mexico
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At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our defective vehicle injury attorneys in Texas and New Mexico
know that one of the most common ways people get hurt while driving or as passengers is when the car, truck, or SUVs safety features do not work.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 3,000 lives were saved by frontal airbags last year alone. That makes airbags are one of the most important safety features a vehicle can have.
When airbags are faulty or ineffective, they can pose a major risk to drivers and passengers, causing serious injuries and fatalities as a result. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to know whether your airbags are defective until you need them to work.
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed by a defective airbag, our skilled personal injury lawyers in New Mexico and Texas are here to help you pursue the manufacturer or another liable party for your full financial recovery.
What are the Most Common Types of Airbag Defects in Texas & New Mexico?
Defective airbags pose a significant safety risk to drivers and their passengers.
Some of the most common types of airbag defects include those that:
- Fail to deploy
- Deploy at the wrong time
- Deploy with too much force
- Unexpected deployment
- Delayed deployment
In some cases, damaged airbags can deploy during a low-speed vehicle accident or crashes where there is no frontal impact, which injures the driver.
If you have been injured by a defective airbag system, contact our skilled vehicle defect attorneys in Texas and New Mexico today to schedule a free consultation.
How Do Vehicle Owners Know When an Airbag is Defective?
Unfortunately, the most injurious or even deadly consequence of driving a vehicle with defective airbags is that the vehicle’s owner will typically not know about the issue until a car accident occurs. By then, it may be too late.
Many new vehicles have significant airbag protection systems that include frontal and side airbags that are designed to protect the upper body, including the chest, neck, and head from sustaining catastrophic injuries.
One major sign when an airbag is defective, is that it may not deploy during a collision.
If you have suffered a serious head, neck, or face injury because the airbag failed to deploy, or deployed with so much force the airbag — not the accident itself — caused your injuries, contact our skilled defective airbag injury lawyers in Texas and New Mexico today to schedule a free consultation.
What are the Most Common Defective Airbag Injuries in Texas & New Mexico?
Texas and New Mexico vehicle collisions can cause severe injuries or even death on their own.
That is why vehicle manufacturers started installing airbags. Airbags are designed to work in conjunction with seatbelts to protect your body and head from striking the inside of the vehicle — like the steering wheel or dashboard — the help protect the driver and other occupants.
When a defective airbag contributes to our client’s injuries — by deploying with extreme force, or not deploying at all — they may be eligible to pursue the liable party for their full financial recovery.
Some of the most common injuries suffered in car crashes involving defective airbags may include, but are not limited to:
- Compound fractures
- Facial injuries
- Fractures to the ribs, sternum, or clavicle
- Neck injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Spinal injuries, such as spinal fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a defective airbag in Texas or New Mexico, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers at the Ruhmann Law Firm today to discuss your case during a free consultation.
Are Defective Airbags Being Recalled in the United States?
When a product of any type is defective, it is up to the manufacturer to establish a recall, so consumers are not hurt or killed by its use.
When that product is an airbag system, a recall notice is issued, the public and vehicle owners who are impacted by the defect are alerted and urged to return, replace, or repair the product.
Most recently, the Takata airbag recall affected over 63 million vehicles.
These defective airbags were installed in motor vehicles from nearly every leading car manufacturer, including Honda, Acura, Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Jeep, Subaru, and more.
When deployed, Takata airbags exploded or ruptured, potentially causing severe injury and death to the vehicle’s occupants.
How Can I Check to See If My Vehicle Type is Involved in an Airbag Recall?
Vehicle owners can check whether their car, truck, or SUV has been affected by a safety recall by entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Official Product Recall Website.
Who Can Be Held Liable for Defective Airbags, Injuries, and Fatalities in Texas & New Mexico?
When an airbag system is defective, and does not properly fulfill its safety function, it can cause severe injuries or even fatalities to drivers and their vehicle’s occupants.
When they do, the vehicle manufacturer, airbag manufacturer, or another party involved in making or distributing the airbags may be responsible for a defective product.
To learn more about how you can hold the liable party accountable for your full financial recovery, contact our skilled defective airbag attorneys in Texas and New Mexico today.
Contact Our Dedicated Defective Airbag Lawyers in New Mexico and Texas Today
At the Ruhmann Law Firm, our defective airbag attorneys in Texas and New Mexico know that when your vehicle’s safety features are not working properly, you and your entire family are placed in jeopardy each time you travel.
If you are hurt or tragically lose a loved one because of a defective airbag or airbag system in your vehicle, contact our skilled personal injury attorneys in Texas at (915) 845-4529 or New Mexico at (505) 388-9500, or online today to schedule a completely free consultation.
Our experienced El Paso personal injury lawyers never charge any upfront fees, and no legal fees at all if we do not win your case. Call us today to learn more.