Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Chris Thayer
Handling Personal Injury Claims in the Seattle Area and Throughout Washington Since 1995

My name is Chris Thayer and I am a personal injury attorney practicing in downtown Seattle. I handle personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death claims throughout the greater Seattle area, including Issaquah, Mercer Island and Kirkland.

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Defective Side Impact Airbags

Posted Friday, January 29, 2021 by Chris Thayer

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, side impact airbags (including side “curtain” airbags) greatly reduce the chance of serious injury or death in a collision. In fact, side impact airbags have been shown to reduce the risk of death by as much as 37% in driver-side impacts. For SUV crashes to the driver’s side, that risk of death is reduced by as much as 52%. Unfortunately, sometimes these airbags are defective. When defects exist, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic or even deadly. Experienced Seattle products liability lawyers may be able to obtain significant compensation for families who lose loved ones in fatal collisions when the airbags were defective.

*How do Side Impact Airbags Deploy?*Airbags - including side-impact airbags - deploy when a small ignitor switch is triggered by sensors in the vehicle. These sensors trigger an electrical impulse that fires and creates a small explosion that rapidly releases air and expands the airbags in a split second. So, what happens when things go wrong?

*What Can Go Wrong?*In general, there are several ways that airbag defects can happen. These are:

**Getting Compensated for Injuries

**When someone is seriously injured due to faulty or malfunctioning airbags, there is often a right to seek monetary compensation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that defective and recalled airbags present a serious danger to the public. If you have a moment, you should check to see if your vehicle has a recall.

Do not try to fight the large auto manufacturers and insurance carriers alone. It is often an expensive and highly complex process. At Pivotal Law Group, our Seattle product liability lawyers fight hard to make sure clients receive the compensation that they deserve. But there are strict deadlines that apply. If you miss a single deadline, you might forever lose the right to seek compensation. Contact our team today for a free evaluation of your airbag or other product liability claim.