Seatbelt Malfunctions

Auto Defect Lawyers: Seatbelt Failure

Since the early 1960s, seatbelts have been saving the lives of people involved in auto accidents by holding them firmly in the car seat. We trust in the safety benefits of seat belts so much that seatbelt use is required across the country. Unfortunately, seatbelts do not always work the way they should.

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Not all seatbelts provide the protection they promise. Seatbelt defects are responsible for serious injuries and fatalities.

Inertial Unlatching

Seatbelts with the release button on the front face of the buckle put millions of Americans at risk for serious injury. This design defect allows the seatbelt to release by accident because of the force of inertia in a frontal crash, side impact crash or rollover. Called inertial unlatching, this type of seatbelt defect exposes occupants to a greatly increased chance of injury.

Unintentional Unlatching

GEN 3 seatbelt buckles, installed in millions of Chrysler vehicles, can come unlatched accidentally because the release button protrudes above the latch cover. Once unlatched, vehicle occupants have the same chance of injury as if they were not wearing any restraint at all.

In addition to unlatching, seatbelts can fail because of defects in the webbing and in the tensioning, spooling or anchoring systems.

The attorneys of Hersh & Hersh represent people who were injured when the seatbelts in their cars, trucks, vans and SUVs failed. If you were injured in an auto accident because of a defective seatbelt, you have a right to pursue financial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage.

Representing the Injured, Protecting Consumers

Our attorneys have helped clients recover substantial amounts of financial compensation because of the negligence of automakers. To learn if we can be of assistance to you, please contact an attorney at Hersh & Hersh to discuss your case.

From our offices in San Francisco, California, the lawyers of Hersh & Hersh represent people injured by auto seatbelt defects nationwide.

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