Many modern cars are fitted with airbags. These are designed to help minimise the chance of injury if you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident. Needless to say, if you do find yourself in such a situation, you would expect your airbag to inflate rapidly and save you from potentially nasty injuries. It would be a shock to find it wasn’t there or didn’t inflate correctly to protect you when you needed it most.
Will I be able to make a claim if I’ve been injured by a faulty airbag?
If you are unfortunate enough to have found yourself in this situation, you may be wondering if you have a legitimate claim to make for compensation. You will no doubt be pleased to hear you may have grounds to make such a claim. All cases are dealt with on an individual basis, and specialist solicitors are on hand to give you the advice you need and to assess your claim.
How strong is my case for compensation?
Whether you have a case or not will depend on a number of factors. For example, if the car was new, you would expect the airbags to have worked without a hitch. Their failure to deploy could be the fault of the manufacturer. If there was no reason to assume there was a problem with the airbag, you may have a case to claim for compensation if you were injured as a result of it not working. For example, all cars fitted with airbags will have warning lights to alert you to a problem with the airbags. If no such light ever came on and the airbag didn’t work, you could have grounds for a claim.
When can I not make a claim for compensation?
Of course, if you had a warning and you ignored it or tried to fix the problem on your own, the failure of the airbag to work would be down to you. However, if a warning light had come on and you hired a repairman to fix the problem, responsibility for the airbag failure could lie with them. This is why it is important to consult a no win no fee solicitor in order to ascertain whether you have a case to bring for compensation.