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Filing a Products Liability Claim for Airbag Malfunction

The invention of the airbag has revolutionized safety in automobiles. According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the use of airbags has saved approximately 45,000 lives between 1987 and 2015. When airbags are used in conjunction with a seatbelt, the airbags can greatly reduce the risk of catastrophic injuries in vehicle collisions. Regrettably, not every airbag manufacturer will take careful care in the designing and production of safe and efficient airbags.

When there is a presence of careless manufacturing, the process can lead to defective airbags and cause serious and preventable bodily injuries. The cost of a faulty made airbag can even lead to the untimely death of a person. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured because of an airbag, it is important to seek the legal guidance of a professional attorney who has experience in products liability cases. Injuries caused by defective airbags can cause long-term injuries, which could be very costly. With the support of an attorney, a claim can be filed against the product’s maker or manufacturer in effort of recover financial compensation for the injuries.

Understanding Your Legal Rights When There Is An Airbag Malfunction

A majority of companies will never purposefully make a malfunctioning product. Many companies will also never intentionally put their consumers at risk of potential danger. Despite this, a product defect or malfunction can still occur. Whether the malfunction occurred because of an error or because of the company’s effort in cutting costs, or for some other reason, product consumers will suffer the consequences and be subject to injuries. When a person has been injured because of a defective product, the injured victim has the legal right to file a products liability claim to seek compensation for the injuries.

Causes of Action for Products Liability Cases

When it comes to faulty airbags, there are several types of malfunctions for which the defendant can be held responsible in a claim, including:

Manufacturing Defect – A manufacturing defect will occur at the time of the manufacturing of the product. This can sometimes happen as a result of poor workmanship or because of low quality materials used.

Design Defect – When there is a design defect, this will usually mean that the entire line of design will have the defect. These defects may be intrinsically dangerous and can endanger all those who are in use of the line of products.

Failure to Warn – Neglecting to warn can occur when a product is potentially dangerous but, failure to warn the consumers with appropriate instructions and warnings which could have minimized or avoided the dangers.

Obtain the Legal Support of a Qualified Attorney

If you have recently suffered injuries resulting from defective airbags, or from some other product failure, you should know that you have the legal right to pursue a lawsuit for financial restitution for the injuries you sustained. Consider hiring the legal support of a qualified attorney who will investigate your case and help you understand what is the best course of action for your specific case.

The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin are highly skilled in the field of products liability cases. The firm is dedicated in the pursuit of fighting for the rights of victims who have suffered injuries resulting from negligence. If you are considering filing for a claim for a products liability case, you should know that you only have a small window of time to file the claim. Act swiftly and seek the expert advice of a qualified attorney today.

James Heiting

The only past President of the State Bar of California ever elected from the Inland Empire, James Heiting handles civil litigation matters throughout California, recovering over $300 million for clients, dealing with wrongful death, serious injury, professional malpractice and transportation accidents. Also past President of Riverside’s County Bar, his firm has served the Inland Empire for over 30 years. View Attorney James Otto Heiting's Attorney Bio Here.

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