If you've ever been involved in a car accident or know someone who has, then you know that they can happen in a matter of seconds. For many, all it takes is a fraction of a second for a person's life to change. In vehicles with airbags, it's this fraction of a second though that can mean the difference between surviving the crash and meeting your maker. This was made obvious in a video by Honda, which was released by Aylesbury Panelcraft Ltd on YouTube.
The video, as you can see, shows that the timing of airbags is crucial when it comes to saving a person from suffering serious or fatal injuries. In the video, viewers see that a perfectly timed airbag cradles a person's head by slowing the impact thereby reducing the likelihood of catastrophic injuries. But if the airbag timing is off even by 1/100th of a second, the outcome is completely different, perhaps resulting in a fatal crash that could leave loved ones wondering about liability and compensation.
As we explained in a post last September, a defective automotive part such as an airbag can leave a manufacturer liable for any damages, injuries or deaths the product causes. It's because of the fear of litigation that many manufacturers issue recalls immediately after discovering a defect or discovering that their product could be potentially dangerous.
It's worth pointing out though that it can be difficult sometimes to hold the manufacturer liable, especially if the automotive part is a counterfeit. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration points out on their website, counterfeit airbags can look identical to certified models, sometimes even bearing the same branding insignia.
As the NHTSA explains, these counterfeits sometimes don't always work properly or may have timing problems that could leave accident victims seriously injured or worse, dead. This creates a huge issue for survivors or a decendant's loved ones who may find it challenging to collect compensation from the negligent party.