The primary function of a seat belt is to protect the wearer from imminent danger from the crash. And for the most part a seat belt does its job, creating relatively small injury as the result of a crash. But like most things in this world, sometimes seat belts do not work as perfectly as they are designed. According to Consumer Watch.com there are several ways in which a seat belt can malfunction as a result of either faulty manufacturing or user error. The first way a seat belt can malfunction is accidental unlatching, which is basically what the name entails; the seat belt fly’s off after a sudden stop which as you can probably guess is a rather unsettling reality. An example of this would be on many Chrysler models, Chrysler uses the Gen3 type of seat belt and these have been associated with accidental unlatching. A loose object (read: cell phone) or body part can hit the button and unlatch the belt during a rollover crash. The models that utilize this type of belt have since been recalled.
Here at Dixon Law Office we have had our fair share of seatbelt malfunction cases and we recognize how awful it is to have it happen to you or a loved one, the singular thing that was supposed to save you ended up failing on you when you needed it the most. If you or a loved one have experienced a seatbelt malfunction that resulted in injury contact us at toll-free at 888-354-9880, or click here for a free consultation.