Chicago, Illinois Auto Accident Attorneys
Representing Clients Injured by Defective Airbags throughout Illinois
Airbags can save lives, but they can also cause injuries when they fail to deploy or deploy incorrectly. Airbags are supplemental safety devices designed to protect drivers and passengers in the event of an auto accident. Unlike seat belts, which are a primary safety feature, airbags are a supplemental safety feature to reduce the chances of a driver or passenger’s body or head striking the dashboard, steering wheel, or other interior part of the vehicle.
Unfortunately, airbags can and do fail to deploy and deploy incorrectly, causing serious injuries and even death. In these situations, the airbag or vehicle manufacturer may be liable in a product liability lawsuit.
The knowledgeable Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law focus on representing the victims of motor vehicle accidents of all kinds, including those accidents caused by defective airbags and other defective auto parts. Contact our office at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Illinois defective airbag attorneys.
Defective Airbag Recalls and Product Liability Laws
Defective airbags are a common source of vehicle product recalls. In fact, in 2011, Honda recalled more than 900,000 of its vehicles due to defective airbags. If a vehicle’s airbag is found to be defective, the manufacturer is under an obligation to notify consumers and protect the public.
Product liability lawsuits can be filed against anyone along a vehicle’s supply chain, including the automobile designer, the automobile manufacturer, the marketing companies and car dealerships. Because automobiles are mass-produced, defects typically involve many people and the lawsuits are consolidated as a class action lawsuit.
A product liability claim, including a defective airbag claim, can be based on negligence, strict liability, or breach of warranty, all of which require that the plaintiff prove that the defective airbag caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
If you have been injured by a defective airbag, contact the skilled Chicago auto defect attorneys at Ankin Law to discuss a possible product liability case.