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Defective Airbags & Seat Belts
Manufacturers install seat belts and airbags to protect drivers and passengers, but sometimes these safety devices contribute to injuries. Defective seat belts and airbags can also cause more damage than the actual impact with the other vehicle or object outside your car.
Seat Belt Defects & Failure
Seat belts can be defective in a number of ways. The webbing of the seat belt may not be strong enough and may tear during an accident. A buckle may become unlatched during a collision, or a defect may prevent the buckle from ever latching at all; sometimes even a lack of tension may mean that the seat belt doesn’t actually hold the driver or passenger back against their seats during a collision.
Common seat belt defects:
- Inertial unlatching - when the seat belt unlatches during an accident
- False latching - the seat belt feels and looks latched, but isn't
- Failure to lock - the seat belt remains loose during a collision
- Defective webbing - the seat belt rips apart during the accident
Airbag Defects & Failure
Common airbag defects include failing to deploy during an accident or deploying unexpectedly while the car is being driven. In the largest auto recall in history, airbag manufacturer Takata recalled tens of millions of vehicles for an issue that caused the inflator to explode, shooting out shards of dangerous shrapnel that could cause injury or death.
Common airbag defects:
- Failure of the airbag to deploy
- Airbag was delayed or deployed prematurely
- Airbag doesn't have tethers or tethers don't work
Serving Clients Throughout Pennsylvania
Manufacturers of defective auto safety systems should be held accountable for their negligence. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of defective seat belts and airbags, get in touch with Metzger Wickersham for a free and confidential consultation. Our attorneys serve clients throughout the state from offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville, Shippensburg, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, and York.
Call us today at (888) 286-2850 for a free evaluation of your case.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer with Our Firm
At Metzger Wickersham, serving Harrisburg, Shippensburg, Lancaster, York, and Wilkes-Barre and communities throughout Pennsylvania, an injury lawyer may be able to help if you or a loved one has been injured because of a vehicle defect. You can receive a free initial consultation and you don't pay us unless you win.
Have you suffered serious injuries by a defective airbag or seat belt? Contact us at (888) 286-2850 to arrange a consultation with a Harrisburg personal injury attorney.