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Defective Automobile Seats

Posted on October 14, 2016

Automobile seats have been called “the most important single lifesaving device available” for protecting passengers in an accident. While that may be the case, today’s automobile seats, both front and rear, have time and again been shown to be poorly designed. Defectively designed and manufactured auto seats are particularly dangerous to children seated in the back seats of automobiles when rear ended—for two reasons. One: trunk contents like jacks, spare tires, luggage, etc. can be pushed through the backs of the rear seats, crushing the children between the seat and their safety belt. Two: the front seats can fail, sending the front seat occupants and their seats into the back seat where the children are seated. These types of accidents have resulted in serious injury and death for many children.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the government agency charged with establishing safety standards for the automotive industry. The NHTSA does this by issuing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations to which motor vehicle and parts manufacturers must comply. FMVSS 207 was the first safety standard issued in relation to automobile seats. Unfortunately, FMVSS 207 has not been modified since it was introduced in the 1960s and has been called weak and ineffective by many traffic accident experts.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to defective seat design, you may be entitled to significant compensation from the vehicle’s manufacturer. To get yourself or your loved one the settlement you or they deserve, it is vital that you obtain representation from a skilled Jacksonville defective car part attorney. Farah & Farah has been winning significant settlements for injured clients in Florida for over 35 years, and will put their experience to work on your claim. Call (800) 553-3555 for a free consultation.