Volkswagon Atlas and Tiguan Airbag Problems
VW Airbags May Not Deploy Properly In An Accident
Were you hurt in a car accident in which the airbags in your Volkswagen failed to deploy? You may be eligible for financial compensation. Call the Law Offices of Jason Turchin today at 800-337-7755 to see how we can help you with your airbag products liability claim.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), airbags have saved more than 44,000 lives in the 30 years since they became widely implemented in most vehicles. The airbag, which deploys in a split second at impact during a crash, is designed to act as a barrier between you and the hard surfaces of the car, such as the steering wheel, dashboard, and even the side windows. Without the airbag, your seat belt can only do so much to prevent you from slamming into your dashboard during impact.
What is Wrong with the Airbags in my Volkswagen?
In July 2018, Volkswagen notified owners of a recall explaining that the passenger airbags may not properly deploy.
When a crash occurs, the passenger frontal airbag might either tear or improperly unfold during deployment. Non-deployment due to a tear or unfolding error can seriously increase the risk of injury during a car accident.
Injuries due to airbag deployment failures may include:
- Blunt force trauma to the head and chest
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cracked ribs and other fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or dislodged teeth
The cause of this defect is allegedly from incorrect placement of the airbag within the folding machine while still at the supplier. This is called a manufacturing defect, which is a defect that occurs due to the negligent assembly of a vehicle or component. Our Florida vehicle manufacturing defect lawyers have handled many claims involving defects in the construction of the vehicle or parts.
The following vehicles have been tested and may have airbags with this defect:
- Volkswagen Atlas 2018
- Volkswagen Tiguan 2018
Is Volkswagen Liable for my Injuries even if I’m not the Owner of the Car?
Many passengers who are hurt in car accidents believe that their only claim is against the party who caused the accident, whether it be the driver of another vehicle or of the one which you were a passenger in.
While your accident claim is certainly valid, you may also be entitled to make a claim against Volkswagen for failing to protect you from harm caused by defects even if you did not own the vehicle.
A passenger may be able to hold Volkswagen liable for injuries caused by a defective airbag inflator if she can prove:
- She suffered actual injury.
- The failure of the airbag to deploy was the proximate cause of her injuries.
- She was using the vehicle or component as per its intended use.
- Volkswagen knew or should have known that the airbags were negligently assembled and failed to repair or remove the defective product from the market or failed to adequately warn consumers about it.
Hiring a Florida Products Liability Attorney
If you were a passenger in a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas or Tiguan and were hurt because your airbags did not deploy or deployed improperly, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Jason Turchin, our Florida product liability attorneys have represented many victims who have been injured by defective airbags. Call us today for your free consultation at 800-337-7755.
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