According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Volkswagen is recalling 27,822 of its 2015-2016 CC cars and Tiguan SUVs due to a defective computer component that can prevent airbags from deploying when needed in a crash. The defect can also prompt airbags to deploy in the absence of a crash. Improper airbag deployment can be extremely dangerous for drivers and passengers alike and can lead to serious injuries or even death.
Improper Airbag Deployment Injuries
A spokesperson for Volkswagen announced that he wasn’t aware of any crashes or injuries related to the defective airbags, but what if VW had not recalled the defective vehicles? Improperly deployed airbags can cause whiplash injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal injuries. Other common airbag injuries include facial injuries, chest injuries, and burn injuries.
Examples of Improper Airbag Deployment
While VW attributed their recent recall to a defective computer component, there are many reasons why airbags may deploy improperly.
Internal tethers ensure that the airbag inflates correctly upon collision. If these tethers fail, the airbag could inflate improperly, consuming too much of the driver or passenger’s space. A tether failure could lead to serious facial injuries and injuries to the head or chest.
Failure to Deploy
Airbags are meant to protect drivers and their passengers from dangerous collisions. If an airbag fails to deploy, occupants are left without protection, and the result could be fatal.
The Takata airbag recall is a specific example of improper airbag deployment. The vehicle manufacturer used ammonium nitrate to inflate the bags upon collision, but this chemical can cause the airbags to explode as they inflate. 16 people were killed in the United States by defective Takata airbags.
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