According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), frontal air bags are credited with saving 13,967 lives between 1987 and 2003. As a result of their effectiveness and generally positive publicity, air bags have been embraced by auto manufacturers and consumers alike.
Today automotive designers have come up with additional types of airbags that add to the safety of a vehicle. Many automakers now offer side, side-curtain, and rear air bags in addition to the typical frontal air bags. In fact, many new models have six or more air bags as standard safety equipment, mounted in the steering wheel, dashboard, seats, headliner, and even the window sills.
The problem arises in the back seat, and even in mini-vans and SUVs that were designed for carrying seven or even eight passengers. These vehicles, while great for family travel, may not be equipped with enough safety features to keep your precious cargo (your kids and their friends) out of harm’s way in the event of a side impact collision.
If you are in the market for a new car, and you plan to have rear seat passegers, it is wise to find late models that include side or side curtain airbags. These are built in to the frame of the vehicle, and in the event of a side impact collision, they are designed to deploy.
Most airbags work as designed, but sometimes used cars are sold with inoperable airbags. This can be a known or unknown fact to the dealer or individual selling the car.
If you are in an accident and airbags do not deploy, and injuries result, you need the help of a personal injury attorney.
David Van Sant is an Alpharetta accident lawyer who works with victims of car accidents. His practice has experience with automotive defects, and if you suspect defective equipment is the result of your injuries,
contact the Law Offices of David Van Sant for help.