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NHTSA Warns Drivers of Dangers of Counterfeit Airbags

Newton’s 1st law states that a body in motion will remain in motion until another external force acts upon it.

As much as many car enthusiasts might disagree, your car is not actually a part of you. Because of this fact, a driver will continue to move inside their car even after an external force has stopped the movement of their vehicle. Each car accident involves not one, but two collisions, the collision of the vehicle, and also the collision of the passenger with the interior of the car. Newton’s 1st law explains why blunt force trauma caused by these secondary collisions account for nearly 50% of all injuries sustained in vehicle accidents (and you thought physics would stop giving you problems after you left high school).

Airbags are designed to protect drivers from traumatic secondary collisions, and to provide a softer and more forgiving surface to passengers upon impact, which can significantly reduce the likelihood of serious blunt force injuries.

However, earlier this week the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration issued a consumer safety advisory to alert motorists of a rising number of counterfeit air bags being used in the United States. More than 100 vehicle models may be involved, and if you or a loved one has had their airbags replaced within the last three years, you may be at risk.

According to NPR, this push to warn consumers was made after authorities arrested a North Carolina auto mechanic in possession of over 1,500 counterfeit airbags.

The speed with which a passenger hits the interior of their vehicle after an accident is roughly the speed of their car at the time of the collision. These accidents can cause serious internal and external injuries, and have long lasting effects on people’s lives. Airbags are an essential component to lessening the impact on drivers, and making us safer behind the wheel. The NHTSA testing showed that these imitation air bags consistently malfunction, ranging from not deploying to the expulsion of hot shrapnel into the drivers face and torso.

Our lawyers know that when you buy a vehicle, or go get your car repaired, you are trusting that the manufacturer or repair company has your best interests at heart. The injuries that result from the faulty repairs or negligent actions of a third party can have far reaching effects on the lives of their victims. From hospital bills to insurance costs, a blunt force injury can mean serious expenses and no way of earning the money needed to pay them.

In addition to our lawyer’s wealth of experience in handling car accident cases, our lawyers also specialize in many other types of injury liability law. Recently Levin & Perconti reached a $3 million settlement against an auto manufacturer after one of their improperly designed fuel delivery system caused a fuel fed fire, resulting in the vehicles passengers.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to the deceit or negligence of a company or manufacturer, or you think you may have a case, please give us a call for a free consultation at 877-374-1417 to find out how we can help you get the compensation you need, and the piece of mind you deserve.