Airbags are a great invention and have saved countless lives over the years. However, what many people do not realize is that they can be quite dangerous, and even deadly, when they fail. Studies suggest that more airbags fail every year than most people would expect.
There are many things that can go wrong with airbags. Some airbags deploy randomly and completely on their own, without an accident or other trigger. Obviously this catches the driver off guard, suddenly confronted with an airbag in the face while driving down the highway—you can see the amount of danger that this can cause. Noses have been broken and brain injuries have occurred due to overly aggressive airbag deployment. This is not the only thing that can go wrong.
Sometimes, a vehicle’s airbags might not deploy at all, even after a serious accident. If this happens and you are not wearing your seat belt, your head could hit the steering wheel or even the front windshield, causing serious injury and possibly death. Airbags are designed with safety in mind, but things can and will go wrong. Acura, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, and Toyota have all faced lawsuits because of their airbags, and they are not the only ones. An airbag lawsuit can be filed if the airbag fails to deploy or deploys late.