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Hyundai air bag mishap caused traumatic brain injury

Hyundai Motor Co. is being held liable for the traumatic brain injury suffered by a male motorist when a defective air bag in his vehicle failed to properly deploy during a crash. A jury awarded him a total of $14 million in damages for the defect in the side air bag his 2008 Hyundai Tiburon.

Similar defects in other Hyundai vehicles may have caused <"a href=" http://www.donaheylaw.com/Ohio-Serious-Injuries/Brain-Injuries/">Ohio brain injuries. In the 2010 accident, the motorist's vehicle went off the road, smashing into a tree on the driver's side. The side air bags in the vehicle failed to deploy, and in the lawsuit the injured man and his family filed, this was because the auto manufacturer did not put the sensors for the side air bags in the proper location.

The failure to place the sensors under the driver's seat in the vehicle, instead placing them further out, was said to have contributed to the motorist's injuries. The manufacturer apparently had even conducted research studies and knew the risks of putting the sensors in any location other than under the driver's seat.

The exact same side airbag sensor placement defect was present in other Hyundai Tiburons from 2003 until 2008, after which the Tiburon model was discontinued by the manufacturer. The plaintiffs in the immediate case had to go through two separate trials before receiving a jury award of damages, since the first jury trial resulted in a mistrial.

Traumatic brain injuries are life changing and many accident victims who suffer such injuries may require lifelong care. It is essential to involve an experienced personal injury attorney in such cases in order to pursue a civil case against the negligent parties. Claims may be made for medical expenses, pain and suffering, permanent disability, loss of consort, lost wages and other damages.


Source: 
The Columbus Dispatch, "Hyundai hit with $14 million verdict in airbag trial" Jessica Dye, Jul. 01, 2013

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