Airbags are safety devices designed to work with seat belts to minimize injuries during vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, front airbags saved over 25,782 people between 1987 and 2008. Airbags prevent an occupant’s upper body or head from hitting the vehicle’s interior during a crash. Both frontal and side-impact air bags are designed to deploy in moderate to severe crashes. However, from 1990 to 2001 alone, the NHTSA reported 215 deaths caused by air bags inflating in low-severity crashes. These deaths include 111 children and 22 infants. Additionally, some car crash victims may also face severe injuries or death as a result of numerous types of defects in airbag safety systems.
The NHTSA reported 215 deaths caused by air bags inflating in low-severity crashes between 1987 and 2008.
Because air bags deploy very rapidly, serious or sometimes fatal injuries can occur if the occupant is too close to – or is in direct contact with – the air bag when it first begins to deploy. Sitting as far back from the steering wheel or dashboard as possible and using seat belts help prevent occupants from being “too close” to a deploying frontal air bag.
Major Airbag Recall Affect Some Mitsubishi Vehicle and Truck Models
Right now, a major Takata airbag recall is affecting millions of vehicles in the United States with many vehicles — including some Mitsubishi brand vehicles and trucks — equipped with defective airbags that when deployed, can cause major damage and even personal injury.
If you or a loved one was in an accident while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution or Mitsubishi Raider, and the airbag was deployed, call our personal injury attorneys at Serna & Associates. Representing Mitsubishi defect cases across the United States, our personal injury attorneys fight to help recover you and your loved ones losses.
Mitsubishi Models With Defective Takata Airbags
Mitsubishi Lancer 2004-2006
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 2006-2009
Mitsubishi Raider 2008-2010