In order for the air bag to function appropriately it must be able to be fully deployed before the occupant meets it under crash circumstances, and prevent the occupant from striking the interior of the vehicle.
In fact, the most significant factor in confirmed deaths of occupants has been their too close relationship in seating to the air bag during deployment. Under Florida law, in order to bring a claim for the products failure, the injured party or their legal representative must prove that the product failed the consumer’s expectations test; and generally speaking, consumers do not expect to be severely injured by an air bag if they are sitting where the vehicle’s design permitted.
Vehicles that have been known to cause injury due to proximity of the seat to the air bag are particularly evident in vehicles where the front passenger seat can easily move forward to allow easier access to the back seat, such as in certain two-door model vehicles. The lack of use of dual stage air bags, the lack of use of pre-tensioning in the seat belts, and the use of seat position sensors to reduce the risk of severe injury to persons seated in the near full forward adjustment position on the seat track. The industry should be aware of the risks. Federal Standard 208 requires the air bag to prevent head and brain injuries; and the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Occupant Crash Protection now requires testing of female dummies in the full forward seating position. In order to prove these very serous claims it is necessary to retain the right experts from the various disciplines involved in the design and manufacture of these vehicles and these safety systems and investigate the true cause of any alleged defects or neglect.
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