Along with seat belts, air bags might be the most prominent safety features installed in vehicles. Advanced safety technology, such as warning alerts, help Texas drivers looking to avoid accidents. However, airbags intend to reduce the harm someone suffers in a collision. Defective air bags might not perform their intended job, and a recent government safety probe may raise concerns that millions of air bags aren’t reliable.
A massive air bag probe takes place
On Sept. 21, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a public statement about an “air bag safety probe” that would include upwards of 30 million vehicles. The 1,384 different models associated with the probe bear a year range of 2001 to 2019.
Curiously, the agency noted no known safety risk exists, and drivers need not take any action. Of course, owners may use available research material to determine if their vehicle is part of the probe.
Air bag recalls did take place in the past. The previous decade saw tens of millions of air bag inflaters faced recall notices. Air bag inflators involve a metal canister that serves as an “internal gas generator” that fills the bag with air when the vehicle crashes. If the inflator does perform its task, the air bag won’t expand.
Injuries and air bags
Manufacturers must provide safe products in the marketplace. When defective products hit the market, people are at the risk of suffering severe injuries.
Auto manufacturers and parts suppliers that contribute to a driver or passenger’s injuries may face a civil suit. Victims might explore insurance settlement, as business liability coverage could incorporate defective components.
Owners who discover their vehicle receives a recall notice may wish to act promptly. Driving a car, truck, or SUV with a defective part could be dangerous.