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Knee Airbag Injuries On The Rise, Now Receiving Federal Attention

Knee Airbag Injuries On The Rise, Now Receiving Federal Attention

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Motor vehicle accidents, Types of Accidents

Knee Airbag Injuries On The Rise, Now Receiving Federal Attention

Many consumers make their car choices based upon safety considerations – and particularly the existence and prevalence of airbags.

Did you know that many newer cars have knee airbags, and that knee airbags may actually be causing injuries to drivers during relatively minor car accidents?

According to recent reporting by Todd Ulrich (@TUlrichWFTV) on WFTV.com, knee airbags have been the source of numerous injuries to drivers and passenger, including at least one Central Florida woman.

Apparently knee airbags in many cars deploy with such force that they actually cause knee airbag injuries in accidents where there likely would have been no injury at all.  In the case of the Central Florida woman, the hard plastic cover from airbag caused very deep cuts that contributed to her spending eight days in the hospital, and being left with significant scarring.

I performed a cursory internet search and found that the company called Takata is a major manufacturer of knee airbags.  Readers of this blog may remember that Takata was involved in an enormous airbag recall last year involving some 28 million vehicles.  It is now clear whether the recall last year was intended to address this knee airbag issue.

Even though I handle Florida car accident cases every day, and have been doing so for 22 years, I have to admit that I did not realize that many cars have knee airbags these days.  Unlike other airbags in cars, knee airbags apparently cannot currently be turned off or have their release pressures turned down.  Apparently federal regulators are beginning to become concerned about the dangers presented by knee airbags.

If you have been injured by a knee airbag in a Florida car accident, or have questions regarding any accident-related matters in Florida, please call Orlando accident attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901.  If you don’t want to call, you can always download their FREE car accident guide at www.bestfloridaaccidentbook.com.

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