5 Reasons Your Airbags Didn’t Deploy in an Accident

Airbags are an important safety feature on modern vehicles that can help reduce injuries sustained in an auto accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over the 30 years from 1987 to 2017, airbags located in the front of a vehicle directly saved over 50,000 lives.

However, like many things on your vehicle, they can be faulty. There’s a chance that when you’re involved in an auto accident, your airbags won’t deploy. The following five reasons are the most common reasons why airbags didn’t deploy in an accident.

  1. The ‘Wrong’ Kind of Collision
    Airbags are designed to deploy in the right circumstances. If your airbags didn’t deploy when you were involved in an accident, the chances are it wasn’t the right ‘type’ of accident. For example, in side- or rear- impact crashes, it’s unlikely that your front airbags will deploy. This is because airbag sensors are calibrated to activate when the front bumper or front corners of your vehicle are hit.
  2. Ineffective Sensors
    If you’re sure that the kind of collision you were involved in was enough to cause your airbag to deploy but it didn’t, your airbag sensors may be faulty. This can be because of manufacturer shortcomings or failures in the software that controls them.
  3. Faulty Electrical Components
    Bad wiring can result in airbags failing to activate in situations where they should. These components are designed to activate airbags by communicating with sensors and the airbag units themselves. A sign that your vehicle has faulty electrical components is when one of your airbags deploys during an accident, but others don’t.
  4. Damaged or Frayed Wiring
    Airbags often fail to deploy if wiring is routed through areas that may get damaged during a crash. If a car has a minor accident and is repaired, there’s a chance that wiring may have been damaged and missed by the mechanics working on your vehicle. This damage can prevent signals from reaching the airbag module – the device that is responsible for deploying the airbags.
  5. Defective Airbag Modules
    The airbag module is the component that is responsible for the airbag releasing in a timely manner. Failure to deploy can be a sign of a defective module which may be because of poor manufacturing process or substandard quality control.

Common Defects

In addition to the problems outlined above, there are several other common defects with airbags that can cause issues with their deployment.

  • A faulty clock spring in your steering wheel may cause you airbag to let you down when you need it the most. Damage to the clock spring can cause leave you without a connection between the airbag control module and the airbag in your steering wheel.
  • Issues with a vehicle’s ECU can result in airbags failing to deploy. For example, if an error in the ECU has recorded false crash data, it may not attempt to deploy the airbags again as it believes they’ve already been used.
  • Some airbags may inflate too quickly and burst or not as fast as is required to keep passengers safe from harm. However, this problem is quite rare with modern cars.

What to Do if Your Airbags are Faulty

As they’re are an important safety feature, if you think you have problems with your vehicle’s airbags, you should take it to approved garage as soon as possible. By having a mechanic look things over, you can ensure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition.

Defective Airbag Lawsuits

If you’re involved in an auto accident where a defective airbag has exacerbated your injuries, you may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit. Our experienced lawyers can provide you with a free consultation that can help you to deepen your understanding of your unique situation. Our lawyers of have already assisted thousands of injured drivers and their passengers, so don’t delay, contact us today.