Every year, thousands of people suffer injuries as a result of defective automobile seats. Unfortunately, many of these injuries could have been preventable if manufacturers had taken better safety precautions when making the automobile seats.
Defective Seat Backs
There are several different ways an automobile seat can fail from a defective part. Some of the most common include:
- Seat backs
- Recliner mechanisms
- Seat tracks
By far, the most common defect leading to serious injuries is the seat back. One of the main purposes of an automobile seat back is to function as a restraint, especially in auto accidents involving rear end collisions. When a seat back is defective and fails to perform its restraining functions, the results are frequently catastrophic.
When a seat back collapses or breaks during a rear end collision, vehicle occupants may be ejected from the vehicle or forced into the steering wheel or dash board. If the seat back fails when there is no collision, it can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Often, a front seat collapse can lead to serious injuries to back seat passengers during a collision. In many instances, these passengers may get trapped underneath the collapsed seat back.
Often, defective seat backs can lead to the following injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Subpar Safety Standards
Frequently, seat back failures and other automobile seat defects are caused by inadequate crash testing or faulty design. By implementing a few simple design changes, many auto manufacturers could prevent needless injuries caused by defective automobile seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has talked about increasing federal safety requirements, but currently they have not made any changes.
Experienced Product Liability Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by a defective seat back, the manufacturers, distributors, and dealers may be responsible for compensating you for your damages. It is important to hire an experienced product liability lawyer who understands the complex nature of these lawsuits.
Our attorney at Robbins & Associates, P.C. has more than 30 years of litigation experience in both federal and state courts. We employ a team of paralegals, investigators, and legal assistants to help our attorney prepare for your case to ensure the greatest likelihood of a favorable outcome.
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If you have a defective automobile seat claim in the Atlanta, Georgia area, please contact the product liability lawyer at Robbins & Associates, P.C. today to schedule a free consultation. We represent people injured by defective automobile seats in Sandy Springs, Atlanta and throughout Georgia.