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Seat Belt Defects Lead to Wrongful Death?

Feb 28, 2023 | Wrongful Death

Although it is obvious that seatbelts are a crucial component of current automobile safety equipment, not all vehicles are equipped with a reliable pair of safety belts. Seat belt defects are one way that may lead someone to wrongful death. Your vehicle’s seat belt may have previously been with harm or incorrectly repaired by a mechanic. The seat belt may have been defective as a result of an accident.

The purpose of a seatbelt is to hold you firmly in place in the event of an accident. But if there are seat belt defects, they could not function correctly and put you at a higher risk of getting hurt.

Seatbelt Effectiveness

Hence, no matter how brief the journey, every driver and passenger must use a seat belt to prevent becoming one of these statistics. The effectiveness of seatbelts in avoiding and lowering the severity of injuries caused by vehicle accidents is a topic of continual debate. Yet, there has been a noticeable decrease in the number of catastrophic or life-altering injuries suffered by passengers in accidents since seat belt rules went into effect.

The only time seatbelt systems are reliable safety equipment is when they do their jobs. Yet, faulty seatbelts lead to serious injuries that may have been avoided if the belts had operated as intended.

When the effect and severity of their injuries might have been significantly lessened had the manufacturer not willfully failed to address legitimate safety concerns, those hurt in incidents that negatively impair their quality of life have every right to compensation.

Varieties of Seat Belt Defects

Seat belts can malfunction or fail in several different ways depending on their design and construction.

The following shows the list of varieties of seat belt defects:

1. Seatbelt Webbing

must hold the occupant firmly in place during a collision and not rip, forcing the occupant to contact the steering wheel, dashboard, windshield, or roof. Webbing failure, material rips, or premature wear: The manufacturer is responsible for damages if faulty materials cause harm and the manufacturer knew about the flaw in the design.

2. Too Much Slack

If a seat belt is excessively loose, it might throw the driver or passenger forward or sideways. When glass or metal strikes the door or windshield, it might cause catastrophic injury.

3. Retractor Failure

The retractor, which secures the seatbelt and occupant in place in the event of an accident, is the most crucial part of the seatbelt system. Nevertheless, poor design and material choices might result in the retractor locking incorrectly and allowing enough slack in the belt to harm someone. Sometimes the retractor malfunctions and the person may hit interior objects the same way they would if they weren’t wearing a seatbelt.

4. Unfit Belt

When the seat belt or the motion of the car engages the locking mechanism, it secures the passenger in place. A seat belt that does not fit properly increases the risk of serious injury by allowing the driver or passenger to collide with the vehicle’s interior or be thrown out.

5. Poorly Secured Belts

The purpose of a seatbelt is to keep people in their seats during an accident. However, every part of the system carries a risk of causing accidents. For instance, the seatbelt’s anchor point affects the occupant’s posture during the collision. Poorly secured belts can result in typical head and neck injuries in rollover accidents, perhaps paralyzing the victim.

Seat belt failure can have a variety of causes, such as these:

  • Faulty construction or design
  • Damage or abuse while in use
  • Any sharp or jagged pieces of equipment fastened to the belt
  • Seat coverings that obstruct the operation of the seatbelt
  • Inadequate inspection or maintenance
  • Exceeding the seatbelt’s recommended weight limit

Contact an Attorney Before it’s Too Late

If someone you know has wrongfully died due to a seatbelt defect, make sure you speak with an attorney today. You can contact our office today at 310-933-5171 to get a consultation to further discuss your case. We are here to help you get the compensation you need for your loved one’s passing.

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