An airbag expert witness typically has a background and expertise in mechanical engineering, crash sensor technology, and/or airbag system design. Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at honing in on the ideal expert to provide expert witness services for vehicle airbag related matters on behalf of either the plaintiff or defendant.
An airbag system is considered a supplemental restraint system to the vehicle’s seat belt systems. Airbag deployment can prevent severe injury in an automobile accident, particularly in a frontal collision.
An airbag expert witness could provide expertise in intellectual property matters — a patent litigation in federal court or a trade secret dispute. It could be a patent infringement case in the District Court, an Inter Partes Review (IPR) in the PTAB (where the only expert testimony is through a deposition), or a patent case or proceeding in the International Trade Commission (ITC). An expert in airbag technology might provide testimony in a matter like an airbag malfunction product liability claims case, or serve as an expert in a personal injury case.
Litigation support by an airbag expert witness could include reverse engineering, failure analysis, expert reports, accident reconstruction, and expert witness testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a testifying expert with prior expert witness experience. An expert witness needs to not only have expertise, an expert witness must possess the ability to explain evidence to lay people. In addition, clients may seek an industry expert for pre-litigation consulting work.
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The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Airbag experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give attorneys a sense of the Airbag landscape.
This expert is one of a very few nationally who understand air bag technology from a design standpoint. Before becoming an independent consultant with an engineering services firm, this expert worked directly for OEMs on airbag safety and design. This expert had responsibility for validation and testing of seat belt and airbag development. This expert served as Fact Witness in a number of air bag design matters for the OEMs, as well as an Expert Witness since becoming a consultant. This expert also worked for Tier I suppliers, with design, development and release responsibility for front passenger airbag systems.
This expert holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and is a certified Professional Engineer. This expert's focus in industry has been in automotive safety restraints and motion research. This expert is an Adjunct Professor in a Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering, and has worked the way up from Consultant to President and Senior Consultant for a company where this expert regularly deals with restraint system design, performance and usage. This expert has supervised and/or conducted testing of airbag systems, seatbelt systems, head/helmet impact, and child restraint systems. This expert is well published, holds two US seatbelt patents, and is a regular presenter at industry and academic conferences.
This expert holds a PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Registered Professional Mechanical Engineer. This expert is an ASME Fellow and an IEEE Senior Member. This expert is also a member of ASM International (the Materials Information Society), the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (IEEE-VTS). This expert has unique multi-disciplinary experience in devices with electronic, mechanical, and thermal issues.
This expert has direct experience with investigations involving various aspects of airbag technology. This experience includes airbag inflators and the propellant that produces the gas to inflate the airbag. It also includes finite element simulations for products like airbags to investigate issues such as folding, venting, inflation dynamics and occupant interaction. This expert is also familiar with interaction with occupants (also out-of-position and small occupants) and associated issues. At its heart, an airbag is a very thin fabric membrane, folded, rapidly inflated, has special venting, etc. Thin shells and membranes for many different applications are strong areas for this expert.
This expert has testified in both trial and deposition for patent cases and other types of litigation. This expert has authored numerous expert reports, filed 8 IPR Declarations, multiple patent depositions and testified in 3 product trials and a patent trial. This expert has many years of consulting and expert witness experience including patents, design, regulatory, and failure/reliability issues of a variety of vehicular and other products covering a wide range of equipment and systems.
This expert is a licensed professional engineer and professor of Mechanical Engineering where this expert teaches courses on product design and engineering design methodology. This expert has developed laboratories for product design and reverse engineering. Holding a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, this expert has experience with sensors, actuators and controllers. This expert's expertise extends to a range of sensors used in the field of automotive crash safety, including airbag development, rollover detection, stability control, and digital steering. Such sensors are similar to those used in recreational vehicle leveling systems. This expert is well-published and has presented on recreational vehicle cases. This expert has analyzed recreational vehicle and automotive patent claims as an expert witness.