More than100, 000 Ford cars are being recalled because of seatbelts that could fail to work properly during a crash. According to a news report, Ford issued a safety recall for select 2015 Ford Fusion and 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles for an issue involving seatbelt anchor pretensioners. In the vehicles that are affected, increased temperatures generated during deployment of the driver of front-passenger seatbelt pretensioner could degrade the tensile strength of the cable below the level that is required to restrain an occupant.
Dangers of Defective Seatbelts
When seatbelts don’t properly restrain the occupant in a crash, the risk of serious injury is heightened. Ford said it is aware of one report of injury in connection with this seatbelt defect. The recall includes 103,374 vehicles in the U.S. and its territories, 4,002 in Canada and 1,023 in Mexico. When the recall begins, dealers will apply a coating to protect the cable during a pretensioner deployment.
Defective seatbelts or seat restraint systems are extremely dangerous because they can result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities. When a vehicle occupant is not properly restrained, he or she could get thrown around inside the vehicle or could potentially be fully or partially ejected from the vehicle, which could cause catastrophic or fatal injuries.
If you are involved in a car crash where you or a loved one was injured because of seatbelt failure, it is important that you contact an auto defect law firm that has significant experience handling such cases and conducting independent investigations into auto defect issues. It is important to remember that police agencies often may not have the knowledge or the resources to conduct investigations relating to defective auto parts.
Law enforcement investigators who lack the training or expertise in auto defects may hastily determine that a vehicle occupant was not wearing a seatbelt when in fact the seat restraint system may have failed and ejected the victim from the vehicle. In such cases, the body of the ejected person must be examined for evidence of seatbelt bruising and marking. The webbing needs to be microscopically examined for grabber marks, bloodstains and other signs that would indicate that the seatbelt was in use at the time of the crash. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding the best course of action in such cases.