Air Bags Should Only Open If You Are In A Car Accident, Not Spill Your Coffee
Hyundai is recalling approximately 189,000 of their 2007-2009 Elantras because liquid or drinks spilled in the front-console cup holders can leak through and cause an electrical problem. The electrical short can cause the passenger side air bag to deploy even if the rider is under the weight when an air bag should not deploy.
In addition, Hyundai is also recalling over 280,000 Elantras for problems with their air bags. Approximately 96,000 of Hyundai's 2007-2008 models have an "electronic noise" that causes the driver's side airbag to deploy at full force, even if the driver's seat is close to the steering wheel and the airbag should open with less force.
Cars made after 2007 contain a smart airbag detection system. The smart airbag system determines how much force is needed to inflate the airbag based upon the weight of the passenger. Some systems utilize a sensor to determine the weight of the passenger while others may use bladders filled with gel to tell the airbag controller not to deploy in a crash when a front seat passenger weighs less than 105 lbs.
Other recent recalls include but are not limited to Range Rovers, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Grand Cherokee, Land Rovers, and Toyota. Airbags usually deploy at a speed over 200 mph to protect the passenger or driver from hitting the windshield or steering wheel. Since airbags deploy so quickly, injuries such as burns, broken facial bones, broken noses, amputations of a body part, scarring, paralysis, blindness, deafness, internal injuries, internal bleeding, or even death can happen due to an airbag malfunction.
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If you are in need of an auto accident attorney because you or a family member has suffered a serious injury as a result of a defective airbag, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia airbag defects lawyers at The Beasley Firm by calling (215) 866-2424.