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Side Impact Injuries

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About 10,000 passenger vehicle passengers die each year in side impacts, and head injuries are a leading cause. Side airbags designed specifically to protect the head can reduce such deaths and the even more numerous nonfatal head injuries that occur in side impacts.

A side impact or T-bone as some people call them, most often happens at intersections when one car turns into the lane of another. When another vehicle comes barreling into you from the side, it is the deadliest place you can be in a car. Unlike a head-on crash, where you are protected by several feet of steel, engine and bumper, if you're hit from the side, all you've got between you and the other guy is a few inches of door and some window glass.

All vehicles on the road today have to pass the government's side impact standard, but many people feel these standards are outdated. The government uses a dummy representing an average size male that doesn't register head injuries and it's test only looks at what happens when similar size vehicles collide.

Manufacturers need to start making these side impact airbags that protect the head standard equipment. And in some cases, they also need to beef up their side structure to resist intrusion in these kinds of crashes.

Car makers have announced new “voluntary” side impact protection guidelines to go into effect by September 2007. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is working on a tougher standard for side impact crashes. But that standard will not require side airbags, even though studies show hundreds of lives could be saved each year with those devices.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Side Impact Injuries

If you or a loved one was injured in a side impact vehicle accident, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified product liability attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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GM Issues HHR Wagon Recall, While NHTSA Investigates Tahoe and Yukon Fires

Feb 15, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
General Motors HHR Wagons do not meet federal crash standards, prompting a recall of 181,156 HHR Wagons.  News of the HHR Wagon recall came just a few days after it was revealed that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating complaints that some of the automaker’s Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukons have caught fire while their engines where off.According to GM, HHR Wagons sold between 2006 and 2008 that were not equipped with optional roof rail-mounted...

Toyota Recalling Some Scion TC Sedans Due to Side Air Bags

Oct 24, 2006 |
Toyota Motor Corp. (TM) said Tuesday it was recalling about 30,000 Scion tC sports coupes over concerns that the side air bags could inadvertently deploy if the door is slammed. The recall affects about 20% of the tCs produced during the 2005 and 2006 model years, Toyota said. The vehicle is only sold in the United States. The auto maker said seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags could deploy if the door on that side of the vehicle is closed forcefully while the ignition is on...


Jun 21, 2005 |
The crashworthiness of motor vehicles has improved immensely over the past several years. The addition of front, side, and overhead air bags, crumple zones, safety cages, reinforced door panels, and less vulnerable fuel tanks have significantly improved your chances of surviving even a violent collision. These improvements, however, are reaching their limit and may only see smaller advances in the future.It is for this reason that manufacturers are turning their attention to...

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