Automotive Crashworthiness

Vehicle crashworthiness and vehicle safety in general are important subjects to consider when buying a vehicle. Years ago we only had the option of buying cars with front airbags, but now there are cars featuring side door airbags and even curtain type airbags to protect the head from side impacts. What does the term “crashworthiness” mean under the law? Why should an attorney be contacted if vehicle safety features do not perform as expected during a crash.