Seat belt failures and injuries have been well documented for decades. As a result of poorly designed or defectively made seat belts, hundreds of people every year suffer preventable deaths and serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, spine injuries, permanent disability and amputation.
Signs of a Possible Seat Belt Defect include:
- The injured occupant is unbelted but insists they were belted prior to the accident;
- A belted passenger makes contact with the windshield or is ejected out of the vehicle;
- A belted victim suffers injures in an accident with little vehicle damage; and
- A seat belt is found torn or otherwise damaged following an accident.
Seat Belt Defects may include:
- Inertial unlatching: when a belt latch releases during an accident;
- False latching: occurs when the buckle feels and appears latched but comes loose during an accident;
- Material or weaving defects in the belt, resulting in tears or rips;
- Seat belt retractor failure: causes the belt to become loose in an accident;
- Poor seat belt geometry (design);
- Door mounted belts; and
- Lap only belt designs.
- Spooling: the seat belt fails to "catch" on impact and the belt simply spools out, allowing the occupant to strike the dash or other objects in the car, or be ejected from the car.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured as a result of a defective seatbelt, you have the right to pursue financial compensation in a court of law, including compensation for your medical bills and a lifetime of lost income.
For a free consultation, contact The Sanders Law Firm today.