You expect your air bags to protect you from injury during an accident. You expect to be able to use your sun visor to shield your eyes from the bright glare of the sun. However, in some vehicles, the combination of deploying air bags and in-use sun visors can have dangerous consequences, including blinding you. This page describes those dangers in some of those vehicles. If you lost a loved one due to a defective Takata airbag, then you may be able to file a takata airbag lawsuit.
A young man was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse in rural Texas. Because the sun was setting on the horizon, the passenger had her sun visor down to shield her eyes. As the car turned slowly into a Little League parking lot, its left front wheel struck a small post in the center of the driveway that had been obscured by dust kicked up by other cars. Despite the low speed, and despite the lack of any damage to the front bumper or front end, the air bags deployed.
Because of this, our customer was struck on the face area and has been blinded in 1 eye. Sunlight visor stayed mounted on the automobile by a single strand of cable, since the atmosphere tote smashed off it its own attachments.The force contrary to the deploying airbag was really strong, it snapped a twisted metallic insert out of in sunlight visor through the visor’s vinyl casing.
The force has been strong enough to violate the dressing table mirror which has been part of this sunvisor.With all this dangerous interaction between the airbag and also the sunvisor, and also given the catastrophic injury it caused, it’s perhaps not surprising there is blood to the top layer of the airbag.
To figure out if the passenger airbag has been designed in a means that let it rip off the sun-visor off throughout installation once the visor has been properly used, we analyzed a second 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse in an unaffiliated aviation evaluation centre.
For all the testing, we used both realtime camcorders and incredibly complex high-resolution cameras. This high-definition video of this testing enabled us to catch the passenger airbag / sun-visor interaction in fantastic detail, and also to clearly record the method by which the airbag rips sunlight visor off its own attachments.
Other cars may use different air bags or different sun visors, but that does not necessarily mean that they are free from danger. For example, some other vehicles may also have a passenger air bag that deploys upward, along the windshield, and that can strike a sun visor that is being used. At the same time, some other vehicles may have sun visors that are not specifically designed to stay together after being hit by an air bag.