​SEAT FAILURES

Almost all of the focus on vehicle safety deals with airbags and seat belts, both in the public perception and in the governmental regulation.  One part of the vehicle that deserves more attention and awareness as a safety device is the seat itself.  If the seat does not stay in its normal position during an accident it makes the seat belts and airbags ineffective. 

The seat and headrest are the only safety restraints in a rear-end collision.  If you do not stay in the seat in the rear end collision, the headrest, setback, airbags and seat belts cannot protect you.   Weak seats will collapse when a vehicle struck from behind. When your seat collapses, it allows your head and neck to impact other parts of the vehicle causing serious injuries or death. Weak seats also endanger rear seat passengers and children in car seats, all of whom can be struck and seriously injured or killed by collapsing front seat driver and/or front passenger seats.

For over half a century, the automobile industry has been failed to recognize that seatback strength is also an essential compound in vehicle safety. It has been shown, and vehicle manufactures know, weak seatbacks collapse rearward when a car is rear-ended at speeds as low at 25 mph. In an rear end collision where the seat collapses backwards the occupant can be fully or partially ejected from the vehicle; be thrown into the rear compartment of the vehicle and strike various structures or parts of the vehicle and even injured rear seat passengers; they can lose control of the vehicle if they are driving for now they can no longer reach the steering wheel.  Failure to stay in the seat in an accident can cause sever and permanent injuries.

If you or a loved one have been harmed as the result of a seatback failure, you must act quickly to preserve the evidence necessary to investigate the claim before the vehicle is lost or destroyed. Having the vehicle safely preserved is an important part of preparing a product liability case. ​

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