Most drivers never consider the seatback as an important part of car safety, but they are amongst the most important features in properly restraining the occupants during a collision. Much like a seatbelt system preventing occupants from moving forward in a head-on collision, the car seat is supposed to be designed to prevent the occupants from moving backwards in the event of a rear-end accident. When a seatback failure occurs, drivers and passengers are often sent backwards into the rear compartment and into the roof where vastly increasing the potential for severe head injuries like traumatic brain injury and death.
Automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of death and paralysis involving head trauma, accounting for around 20% of all traumatic brain injuries. Often these accidents are the result of defective design by manufacturers which have neglected passenger safety over cheaper design. The result is flimsy car seats that are extremely prone to failure in high-speed accidents.
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What Happens in a Seatback Failure Accident?
In the event of a rear-end accident, the occupants sitting in the rear seats are at risk of serious head and chest injuries when the seatbacks of the front driver and passenger seats fail and the driver or passenger upfront is thrown violently to the rear of the vehicle striking the occupants in the back seat. The defective design of the support bars in place causing them to be weak enough that they break or snap backwards when there is a sudden impact from behind.
Other dangers from seatback failure include passengers slipping out of restraint systems like seat belts and being ejected from the vehicle or tossed around the interior further increasing the potential for death or serious injury. When the seatback fails, the rest of the car’s safety systems in places such as seat belts and airbags are no longer able to benefit the driver or passenger.
What Causes Seatback Failure?
Defects in seat design are the primary cause of seatback failure accidents. Faulty constructed and flawed installation also increases the potential for seatback failure. Other causes include defective recliner mechanisms and faulty seat tracks. Outdated and unreasonable regulations in the auto industry allow auto companies to continue producing the same cheap designs that endanger lives when the cost to upgrade the strength of the seatbacks would be a dollar or two according to industry experts.
Additionally, the rear seats of vehicles are increasingly failing, allowing for trunk contents to be thrown into passenger compartments during seatback failure accidents. As more cars are designed with folding rear seats, the designs of some rear seats are so defective they allow for the rear seats to become unhinged completely providing little or no protection when no cargo retention safety systems are in place.
Hold the Industry Accountable
Automakers have known for decades now that seatback failures are a serious problem but only a few of the manufacturers have improved their seatbacks to correct the issue. In fact, industry engineers have informed the carmakers for almost 30 years that inexpensive alternative designs are available that would reduce or eliminate the risk of seatback failure accidents but the carmakers continue to operate in a for-profit manner putting the consumer at risk.
Get the Help of a Lawyer Experienced in Seatback Injuries
If you or your loved ones have suffered a severe and debilitating injury caused by a seatback failure due to any potential product defect, our lawyers are here to help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. In such seatback failure accidents, the need for legal representation is needed to help secure the evidence, investigate the accident, interview the witnesses, and gather police reports, cell phone records and other critical evidence needed to win the lawsuit for the clients. Call for a free case evaluation. Talk to a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer with over 30+ years of accident and injury lawsuit experience.