Between 2002 and 2004, seatbelt manufacturer Indiana Mills and Manufacturing, Inc. (IMMI) manufactured and sold seatbelt buckles for use in heavy trucks and school buses.

However, it was soon discovered that the buckles (known as the “H2” buckle) were defective; and internal design defect causes them to fail to latch. Even more risky, the wearer may not notice that the buckle is not latched. IMMI acknowledged the failure and in 2004 redesigned the H2 buckles; however the defective buckles have not been recalled.

As a result, thousands of heavy truck drivers are at risk of serious injury or even death if their older model H2 buckles fail in a collision. Because the driver will likely be ejected, an investigating officer will probably conclude that the driver was not wearing his seatbelt.

If you or someone you know has a H2 buckle made by Indiana Mills and Manufacturing, Inc., you may want to contact a lawyer-a life may be at risk.

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