What are defective seat belts?
Seat belt injuries can occur when a defective seat belt fails to adequately protect a vehicle passenger in the “second collision” phase of an automobile accident. There are thought to be two collisions in an auto accident. The first collision is the vehicle’s impact with another vehicle or object. The second collision is the passenger’s impact with the interior of the vehicle, or in cases of ejection, impact outside the vehicle.The purpose of a seat belt is to minimize the injuries and damage caused in a second collision by reducing or eliminating injurious occupant contact with the vehicle’s interior. Seat belt injuries often occur when there is a seat belt design, production, or installation defect.
What are the dangers associated with defective seat belts?
Some of the injuries that may occur as the result of a defective seat belt or seat belt failure include: Spinal cord injury, Brain or head injury, Paralysis, Internal injuries, Amputations, Broken Bones, Concussions and Fatalities.
Clients have suffered catastrophic spinal cord injuries as a result of defective seat belt geometry design. Small stature persons are particularly susceptible to these types of injuries. The D-ring or shoulder strap anchor is typically placed in a position that is too high for a small stature person. As a result, the shoulder strap rides to high up on the occupants’ neck and causes severe spinal injuries in a collision. Auto manufacturers have been aware of this seat belt geometry defect for some time. There are numerous fixes for this type of design defect. When the shoulder belt anchor point is properly designed, small stature persons can avoid debilitating injuries in foreseeable crashes.
What can I do if I have been injured by an defective seat belt?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury as the result of an defective seat belt, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!