Air Bag Defect & Failure Cases

Product Liability / Defective Airbag / Catastrophic Brain Injury
Confidential Cash Settlement

The defective, overly aggressive passenger-side airbag in Mrs. Wanda Howard's 1997 F-150 went off in a low speed collision when another vehicle pulled out in front of the Howards. Neither Mr. Howard nor Mrs. Howard was at fault in the wreck. Both were wearing their seat belts. No one in either vehicle, except Mrs. Howard, suffered any significant injury in this low speed collision. Mrs. Howard's severe brain injury was caused solely by her airbag.

Product Liability / Auto / Wrongful Death
Cash Settlement

The parents of a 22-year-old man brought suit against Isuzu after their son died in his Isuzu pickup. Despite being belted, his head hit the defectively designed steering wheel hub as a result of the energy absorbing loop that Isuzu designed and engineered into his seat belt and a defectively designed hub cover that came off during the motor vehicle collision. Casey v. American Isuzu Motors, Inc. and Subaru-Isuzu Automotive , Inc., United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia (9/24/97).

Product Liability / Auto
$44,466,100 Verdict

Delia Bibbs, a 38-year-old wife and mother of three, suffered head injuries, which left her in a coma when her seatbelt unlatched, and the passenger door flew open in her 1986 Toyota van after her van collided with a vehicle operated by Defendant Tindell.

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