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Two of the most prominent safety features in most modern motor vehicles are airbags and seatbelts. Airbags are the rapidly inflating bags first introduced in the 1970s that activate during collisions to provide cushioning for a vehicle's occupants, while seatbelts are the restraints that became popular in the 1950s and secure occupants against violent movements in crashes.
Airbags and seatbelts have both saved scores of lives since they were first introduced, but people may suffer injuries that are even more severe when these safety features fail. Airbag and seatbelt failures are frequently the result of design or manufacturing defects, and companies may be liable when such equipment issues result in a person sustaining catastrophic or even fatal injuries.
If you suffered serious injuries or your loved one was killed in southeastern Pennsylvania as the result of an airbag or seatbelt defect, it is in your best interest to quickly seek legal representation. Ciccarelli Law Offices has office locations in Malvern, Plymouth Square, Radnor, Springfield, Kennett Square, King of Prussia, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.
Our West Chester personal injury attorneys can fight to possibly get you the compensation you need and deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Call (610) 719-3190 to have our lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free, no obligation consultation.
Airbags are most commonly found in the steering wheels for the protection of drivers, although many vehicles also have airbags in the dashboard on the passenger sides of the vehicles as well as possible side airbags and curtain airbags (airbags between occupants and windows). Airbags are generally not visible, but they must be able to activate as soon as a motor vehicle has been involved in a crash.
Some of the most common issues with airbags include, but are not limited to:
Seatbelts originally began as simple straps that went across the laps of the occupants, but most vehicles have now adopted three-point seatbelts that are considered lap-and-sash belts which go over a person's chest, pelvis, and shoulders. Child safety seats are harnesses that frequently have additional points of attachment.
Examples of the seatbelt defects include, but are not limited to:
Air Bags | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) — CHOP is the oldest hospital in the United States dedicated exclusively to pediatrics. Visit this section of the CHOP website to learn more about airbag safety rules as they relate to child passengers. You can also find information about side airbags and airbag systems.
Seat Belts: Get the Facts | (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC Injury Center — On this section of the CDC website, you can find information about the impact of seat belt use, risk factors, and effectiveness of seat belts. You can also view state-specific fact sheets that provide snapshots of motor vehicle occupant deaths and seat belt use. The website also has links to various publications about seat belts.
Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed as the result of a failed airbag or seatbelt in southeastern Pennsylvania? Do not sign any paperwork or make any statements to insurance representatives without first contacting Ciccarelli Law Offices.
Our personal injury lawyers in West Chester represent individuals in communities all over Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Montgomery County, and the greater Philadelphia area. You can have our attorneys provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call (610) 719-3190 or complete an online contact form to receive a free initial consultation.