Airbags have saved thousands of lives since they began to be used in motor vehicles in the 1970s. The technology behind airbags is very reliable, but it is not fail-proof. Defects can occur in used cars and new cars alike.
If you are going to purchase a used car, it is important to find out the accident history of that car. One of the reasons for doing this is to find out if your airbags have ever been deployed. If so, the chance of the airbag having a future deployment issue is much greater. You can ask the car dealership to provide proof that the airbag has been tested and is working, or you can take the vehicle to your own mechanic to have it independently tested.
After an airbag has been deployed, it has to be replaced. Some shady used car dealers won’t even replace the airbag before they sell it to you. Others may refill it with materials such as packing peanuts or install a stolen or defective airbag unit. It is extremely important that your airbag functions properly, so you’ll want to be sure that there is, in fact, an airbag installed in the car that you plan to purchase.
If you have been injured as a result of a defective airbag or the complete lack of an airbag in a car that you have purchased, contact the Racine airbag defect lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 for a free consultation.