What are seat backs?
A seat back should be able to keep the vehicle's occupants safe by keeping the individual from moving forward and impacting the interior of the vehicle in a collision, or even worse being completely ejected.
What are the dangers associated with defective seat backs?
A seat back failure can interfere with the restraint system, allowing vehicle occupants to impact rear seat objects in a rear-impact collision because they are not properly restrained. In some circumstances the vehicle occupants can be completely ejected from the vehicle when they have slid out from under the safety restraints. A front seat collapse can injure the rear seat passengers in a rear-impact collision, and the rear seat occupants can become trapped underneath the collapsed seat back.
Our firm currently represents the family of a 13-year-old girl who, although properly belted, was ejected out the rear window of the Nissan Altima in which she was riding. She was ejected when the front passenger seat back collapsed when the vehicle was struck from the rear. Inadequate seat strength has been a hot topic of discussion among safety design engineers for many years. Despite repeated requests from consumer groups and independent safety engineers, automobile manufacturers have done little to increase seat back strength over the last 20 years.
What can i do if I have been injured as the result of an defective seat backs?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of an defective seat back, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!