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Who is at Fault if Your Airbags Did Not Deploy?

Brubaker Injury Law

March 3, 2024

Airbags are critical safety features in modern vehicles, designed to protect occupants during collisions. However, when airbags fail to deploy, it raises questions about liability. If you’ve been in a car accident where your airbags did not activate, here’s what you need to know:

Understanding Airbag Deployment

How Airbags Work:
  • Airbags are hidden behind break-away panels marked SRS (Standard Restraint System).
  • When a crash occurs, an electronic control unit senses it and sends a signal to an inflator inside the airbag.
  • The inflator triggers a chemical reaction, producing a harmless gas that deploys the airbag within milliseconds.
Speed of Deployment:
  • Airbags deploy within approximately 55 milliseconds, faster than the blink of an eye.
  • The airbag travels at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour during deployment.
Common Airbag Injuries:

-Abrasions, lacerations, and bruising

-Bone fractures and breaks

-Lung irritation

-Sprained fingers or wrists


-Facial burns

Factors Affecting Airbag Deployment

Manufacturer Defects:

  • Faulty airbag parts or sensors can lead to non-deployment.
  • Manufacturers may be liable for defective components.

Installation Errors:

  • Incorrect installation during vehicle assembly or repairs can cause airbag failure.
  • Repair shops or dealerships may share responsibility.

Maintenance and Inspections:

  • Regular maintenance and inspections are crucial.
  • Negligence in maintaining airbags can lead to non-deployment.

Potentially Liable Parties:

  1. Manufacturer of Airbag Parts and Sensors
  2. Entity That Installed the Airbag
  3. Distributor That Delivered the Car to a Dealership
  4. Airbag Manufacturer
  5. Vehicle Manufacturer
  6. Car Dealership That Sold the Car

What to Do After an Accident with Non-Deployed Airbags

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Prioritize your health.
  2. Document the Incident: Inform law enforcement about the non-deployment.
  3. Consult an Attorney: An experienced personal injury attorney can assess your case and determine liability.

Remember that airbag failure can have serious consequences. Consult legal professionals to seek compensation and hold responsible parties accountable.

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