Safety is vital for everyone on the road. That’s why cars have seatbelts, crumple zones, and various electronic safety features, and at the same time, authorities continue to strictly implement guidelines concerning speed limits and DUI violations. Airbags also do their part, and even the slightest hint of airbag failure isn’t tolerated at all. That’s why the Audi A7 is being recalled.
Specifically, the problem has to do with the head curtain airbags. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), something is wrong with how the airbags were made, which can keep them from deploying properly in case of impact. Passengers therefore have a greater chance of injury if they’re involved in a car crash. If you have been injured due to one of these airbags, call our product liability lawyers in San Diego to help.
What Happens in Case of Airbag Failure?
Airbags are designed to work in conjunction with your seatbelts. If an airbag doesn’t deploy correctly, then passengers who should have been fine or who would have suffered only light injuries may suffer a much more serious injury instead including internal organ damage, lots of broken bones, trauma to the spinal cord, and head trauma. These injuries can be debilitating and may even prove fatal.
Airbags are designed to cushion your impact with the steering wheel, dashboard, and windshield. You need this if you’re driving an A7, as this car is seriously fast. It can get to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, and its top speed is 130 mph.
What’s Involved in the Recall?
You’ll need to pay attention to this recall if you’re driving an Audi A7 from 2015 to 2017. In the US, the number of affected cars is over 17,600. If you have one of these cars, you’ll get your official mail notice by June 29, 2017. Once you’ve received your official notice, you can then take your A7 to your local Audi dealer who will then preplace the defective head curtain airbags. This service is absolutely free.
This article is an advance notice for you if you do own this A7. If you have additional questions, you can get in touch with the Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. You can then ask about this particular recall that’s referred to as recall #69R2. There’s also an NHTSA hotline you can ring up at 1-888-327-4236, and here the recall is referred to as safety campaign ##17V293000.
Legal Options in Case of Airbag Deployment Failures in Car Crashes
It’s your responsibility as a vehicle owner to make sure that you keep an eye out for recalls that affect your car. This will then ensure that any defective component in your car is replaced.
However, it must be admitted that car manufacturers aren’t always prompt about issuing safety recalls for car parts that don’t function properly. Sometimes these recalls only happen after a spate of car crashes and injuries.
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident and you believe that a component in the car may have caused it, you can talk to one of our product liability lawyers to know your legal options. We have a long history of dealing with this particular type of product liability civil suit. Our auto product liability attorneys can evaluate your case and present evidence so you’ll be able to claim damages to help pay for your medical treatment and losses.