Riverside Seat Back Failure Lawyers
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We have obtained successful verdicts and settlements in Riverside seat-back failure cases on behalf of injured victims and their families. We know what it takes to fight against large automakers whose negligence causes these types of catastrophic product failures.
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Victims of seatback failures have the right to pursue financial compensation for their losses. Depending on the cause of the crash, they may be able to file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the collision as well as a product liability claim against the auto manufacturer.
When an individual is killed in a seatback failure accident, his or her family can pursue compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim against the automaker. A successful claim should include financial compensation for all of the losses suffered in the accident including medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earning potential, the cost of rehabilitation services and other related damages.
Many preventable injuries occur each year as a direct result of weak and defectively designed seats and their components. Poorly designed and manufactured seatbacks, recliner mechanisms and seat tracks put drivers and passengers at risk of suffering devastating injuries. Seatbacks play a significant role in the seat restraint system of the vehicle, and when they fail to work properly, occupants can suffer life-changing neck, head and spinal cord injuries.
What is Seatback Failure?
Seatbacks are an integral part of a vehicle's restraint system. They work with seat belts and airbags to keep occupants in place in the event of a crash. When a collision occurs, a seatbelt will secure an occupant against the seat, an airbag will cushion the driver's head from the steering wheel and a seat-back will keep the occupant upright. If a seat fails to stay upright in the event of an accident, the effectiveness of the seat belt and airbag is virtually eliminated.
Why Seat Back Failures Are Dangerous
An object in motion stays in motion. When a car comes to a sudden halt, the contents of the vehicle will continue to move unless they are restrained by a seatbelt. If a seat fails during a rear-end collision, the driver or front seat passenger could slip right out from under the seatbelt. This means that the front seat occupant in the defective seat may fly backwards into the rear seat, the rear seat passenger or even through the rear windshield.
Injuries Suffered in Riverside Seatback Failure Accidents
Front seat occupants can suffer life-threatening injuries in a seatback failure accident. If the back of the victim's head strikes the rear seat, it is possible for him or her to suffer a traumatic brain injury and neck trauma. In severe cases, victims suffer spinal cord trauma that lead to paralysis. Those who survive with only serious but not catastrophic injuries may suffer bone fractures, whiplash, sprains, strains and lacerations. In cases where the front seat collapses and strikes a rear seat passenger, the injuries can prove fatal and result in a wrongful death. Seatback collapses commonly occur even in slow-speed, rear-end collisions.
One of the reasons why there are so many seatback failure incidents is because the current standard for seat strength was adopted back in 1968. Many believe the standard needs to be updated because it only requires seats to withstand an impact of 270 foot-pounds. In comparison, auto manufacturers are required to install seat belts that can withstand 6,000 pounds of force without failing. Furthermore, the current testing requirement does not involve real-world crashes. Manufacturers are only required to measure how much force the seat withstands before failing. This lack of oversight allows auto manufacturers to cut corners by installing inadequate seats and seat parts that can fail in even low-speed collisions.
When a significant number of people file similar complaints about a specific auto part, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may conduct an investigation. Depending on the results of their findings, the auto manufacturer may be required to issue a recall.
There have been a number of recalls in recent years involving defective seatbacks. For example:
- Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from model year 2014 were recalled for issues with the seat-backs and headrests. This recall involved 18,972 pickups that had seats that moved in the event of a rear-end collision.
- Tesla Model S cars from model year 2013 were recalled for a weakened connection between the left seat-back striker and the bracket connected to the frame of the vehicle.
- 2012 Nissan Jukes were recalled because they have an incomplete weld that allows the rear seat back striker to become separated in a crash.
- Ford Explorer from model year 2011 was recalled for possible moving center seatbacks.
In any case, dealing with a seatback accident can be a trying experience. If you or a loved one has been involved in a seatback failure accident in Riverside, contact an injury attorney at Bisnar Chase right away.