Earlier this year, authorities recalled millions of cars worldwide due to faulty air bags. These air bags are manufactured by Takata, a Japanese company. You can check to see if your car is affected by clicking here. As a result of these events, many people ask about air bag laws. We at Hansen Injury Law are dedicated to answering your questions. In this post, we break down Idaho air bag laws and what you need to know to stay safe on the road.
Idaho Air Bag Laws
Is it legal to not have air bags in your car? Yes, and no. It depends on when your car was made. Since many cars and trucks on the road were made before air bags became popular, it is legal for those vehicles to not have air bags. However, in 1998, federal law began to require air bags in all cars and trucks sold in the U.S. Cars made after this law took effect are required to have air bags.
In Idaho, it is illegal to sell a car with faulty air bags without telling the buyer. If you are buying a car or truck that was made after 1998, be certain that the air bags are functional. If the seller does not tell you that the air bag system is inoperable, they are breaking the law.
There is one exception to this law. If it is obvious when looking inside the car that air bags have been deployed or removed, the seller does not have to tell you about their functionality.
Your Options after a Car Accident
If you are injured in a car accident due to faulty air bags, you may be eligible for compensation. Hansen Injury Law is committed to helping car accident victims in the Boise area. We believe that our knowledge and experience — not only with Idaho air bag laws — will help you win your case.
Please contact us today if you have any questions. We look forward to helping you find answers!