If you were injured in a car accident by a defective airbag, you need to contact a reputable Massachusetts injury attorney who can assist you in understanding your legal rights and options. With extensive experience, we are committed to getting our clients the justice and compensation they deserve after a car wreck. We know that dealing with an accident can be incredibly daunting but we are here to guide you through the legal process and answer any questions you may have along the way.
Liability in Defective Airbag Cases
Products liability is an area of law in which manufacturers, distributers, suppliers and retailers can be held accountable for putting dangerous or defective products into the hands of a consumer. In the context of faulty airbags, these lawsuits against the airbag manufacturer allow individuals to seek meaningful compensation when they have suffered preventable injuries from faulty airbags. An individual who has been injured as a result of a defective product will typically have at least one of three claims: design defect, manufacturing defect or failure to warn.
Defective design is when the product’s design is inherently dangerous. In defective design cases, the whole batch or entire line of products will be defective because the product specifications itself were unsafe. A manufacturing defect, on the other hand, is when there is a flaw or mistake in making the product, not in the design. In these cases, the defective product will be different than the others. A failure to warn claim alleges that the company failed to provide sufficient warning or instruction about the dangers associated with using the product. This typically means involving some type of notice of a danger that is not obvious to the user.
Honda Recalls Over 1.4 Million Vehicles
Automaker Honda recently recalled 1.4 million cars, SUVs and pickup trucks due to concerns around defective Takata airbags. If exposed to high heat and humidity over long periods of time, the air bags are at risk of exploding during a crash sending shrapnel flying and potentially causing serious, even life-threatening injuries to drivers and passengers. The recall list includes vehicles made by Acura, Honda’s luxury brand. The Takata recall covers 50 million airbag inflators in 37 million vehicles from 19 manufactures, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Statute of Limitations in Defective Airbag Cases
In Massachusetts, victims of defective product injuries only have a limited time to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations in product liability cases is three years. Failure to file your claim in civil court within this time frame may mean being permanently barred from taking legal action.
Skilled Massachusetts Products Liability Attorney
If you or someone close to you has been injured due to a faulty airbag, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. These cases are very complicated and having the right products liability attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. At Barry Feinstein & Affiliates, P.C., we will be happy to discuss your case with you and provide you an honest assessment of your options. You can trust that we are committed to protecting your rights every step of the way. For more information, call us at 1-800-262-9200 or contact us online.
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