Defects in Seatbelts
As safety precautions rise in automobile manufacturing and law enforcement, a decline in injuries and deaths in car accidents have declined significantly. Seatbelts are perhaps the most functional piece of security for a driver or passenger. However, in the event of an accident, some seatbelts have failed because of design error or assembly, leading to serious injuries and deaths that could have been prevented.
SUVs are at a greater risk when faulty seatbelt’s are installed due to their higher center of gravity, which causes more rollovers when swerving away to avoid collision. Manufacturers offer several different types of seatbelt designs to be installed that include articles that notoriously perform poorly in rollover accidents.
Defects in seatbelts include but not limited to:
- Providing inadequate traction
- Faulty clasp or fastener
- Unsecure latch when pulled
- Damaged or defective retractor
When manufacturers do not take the proper steps to warrant efficient seatbelts, they could be held liable for your medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain endured and even penal compensation can be awarded.
Defects are not always visible or obvious. A review of your accident will be taken along with conditions associated with the situation.