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Defective Airbags

In a recent article by the Chicago Tribune, it was stated that four Japanese automakers recalled a total of 3.4 million vehicles in 2013 due to airbag defects. Popular manufacturers such as Toyota and Nissan have been stated that "the airbag for the front passenger seat may not inflate correctly because of a manufacturing defect in the propellant used in the airbag inflator. As a result, there is a risk of fires starting or of passengers being injured."

Airbags are designed to protect both the driver and any subsequent passengers from serious injury, but a defective airbag can end up doing greater harm than good. An airbag deploys at high speeds and with great force, if it deploys at the wrong time it could cause serious harm and damage. Since airbags are so important to the safety of drivers and passengers, vehicle manufactures must exercise care in the design and installation of the airbags in order to ensure there are no problems. Airbags can cause more than just burns, and bruising, in 2010 an airbag properly deployed and saved a man’s life during a six-car accident, however he later died from the toxic white powder which emerged from the airbag. If you were involved in a New York car related accident due to a defective airbag contact Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson today.