Seat Belt Failure

Seat Belt Failure Lawsuit

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards require adequate seat belt assemblies and seat belt assembly anchors in order to prevent catastrophic injuries in car wrecks.  Proper seat belt restraint systems are a critical part of vehicle crashworthiness.  Defective products incorporated into the seat belt assembly and anchor system can cause seat belt restraint failures, resulting in serious injury to passengers, and even death.

Seat belts that do not meet the minimum standards allow a passenger to move excessively within the passenger compartment or cause the passenger to be ejected.  This excessive movement or ejection leads to what is referred to as a second collision.  Second collisions that resul from defective seat belts cause serious injures.  Common seat belt failures include:

  • Defective seat belt retractors that fail to lock the seat belt in place during braking
  • Defective weaving or material leading to the ripping of a seat belt
  • Defective seat belt buckles that don’t properly lock and latch upon closure

Serious Injuries Caused By Seat Belt Failure

Even in low speed collision, defective seat belts often result in serious injuries.  Kirkendall Dwyer LLP has the experience and resources necessary to pursue wrongful death and personal injury claims for spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, fractures and broken bones resulting from seat belt failures.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident involving a defective seat belt, contact an automobile defect attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP to investigate your claim.