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Defective airbag sensor may put children at risk for injuries

Many parents go through painstaking efforts to ensure their children are safe while riding in the family vehicle. From making sure that their kids use car seats until they met the appropriate age or size requirements to ensuring that airbags won't deploy on children who don't meet weight restrictions, there's a lot to be concerned about. However, parents may feel helpless when their child sustains serious injuries for reasons outside their control.

Recently, Suzuki has recalled almost 200,000 vehicles in the United States as the result of an auto defect. According to the National High Traffic Safety Administration, there is a faulty airbag sensor in Grand Vitara and SX4 models that were manufactured over the course of several years.

Many cars are equipped with pressure sensors in front passenger-side seats to determine whether or not an airbag should be deployed in the event of an accident. In this case, the sensors were found to malfunction, causing airbags to deploy at the wrong time (when underweight children are in the seat) or fail to deploy when they should.

When a child is subjected to the force of an airbag, they could suffer serious medical complications. Injuries that are the result of a manufacturing defect could result in product liability claims. Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that critical safety features function properly, which is something motorists and passengers count on.

At the time of the recall, no injuries had been connected with the manufacturing flaw, yet this does not mean that there aren’t any issues related to the defect. As news of the recall continues to spread, those who are affected should take the appropriate steps to protect their passengers.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Feds recall nearly 200,000 Suzuki models for airbag defect," David Undercoffler, Sept. 16, 2013

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