Could You Be Injured By Your Airbag in a Port Charlotte Car Accident?

by Carmen Dellutri on February 9, 2012

Cape Coral accident attorneyAll new vehicles come equipped with airbags, as they have been shown to reduce driver deaths by about 14 percent and passenger deaths by about 11 percent. However, airbags are not without their flaws. As Port Charlotte personal injury attorneys, we think drivers should be aware that inflating bags could cause serious injuries and death.

As we have previously discussed on this blog, airbag injuries can result from faulty design or manufacture. In addition to airbag failures, defects that allow the airbag to deploy too late or with too much force are particularly dangerous.

In addition to airbag defects, serious injuries can occur because of people’s positions when airbags first begin inflating. Most parents are aware that children should always sit in the back seat and infants should ride in rear-facing car seats, but what about adults?

Distance from the air bag is the most important contributor to air bag injuries, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

"There is no precise height and weight at which an individual is considered to be at risk" from air bags, says the NHTSA. "The primary determinant as to whether an individual will be injured by a deploying air bag is the distance from which the individual is seated from the air bag."

Here are a few general recommendations:

  • Wear your seatbelt.
  • Sit as far from the air bag as possible to allow the air bag to deploy.
  • Short drivers should move the driver's seat back and tilt the seat back slightly to allow space between the driver's chest and the steering wheel.
  • Drivers should refrain from leaning forward.
  • To the extent possible, drivers should hold steering wheels from the side, so that their arms aren't in the way of the air bag.

Source: Web MD

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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