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Seat Belt Defect

New Jersey Seat Belt Defect Lawyers

Many are familiar with the advertisements urging NJ drivers to wear their seat belts.

“Seat belts save lives”

“Click it or ticket.”

These announcements are based on sound data: seat belts are one of the most important and effective safety features vehicles have that can prevent serious injury or death. When properly used, seat belts can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%, and can reduce the risk of critical injury by 50%.

When a part or system on a car breaks down at highway speeds, or the seat belts or air bags fail to provide protection in an accident, the most serious injuries and death can occur. In most car, truck or motorcycle accidents, one or both drivers may be responsible for causing the accident.
When an auto defect, such as a seat belt defect, is the cause, injuries can result despite every safety precaution taken by the drivers and passengers involved. These types of accidents and injuries are not meant to happen.

Unfortunately, seat belts are not perfect and mistakes in the design or manufacturing process can make them ineffective at preventing injuries. In other circumstances, defects in a seat belt device can actually exacerbate injuries or cause fatalities.

SEAT BELT FAILURE CAUSES:

• Faulty material used for the seat belt webbing, resulting in tearing
• Poor or defective design
• Manufacturing and assembly errors and defects
• Accidental or inertial unlatching of the buckle
• False latch
• Seat belts detaching from their anchor points and mount
• Retractor error permitting too much slack or spooling out
• Lack of or failure of seat belt pre-tensioner
• Lack of three-point harness, or lap belt only design (typically found in older model vehicles)

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident caused by a defective seat belt, or you believe a manufacturing defect or flawed seat belt design caused injuries to you or your loved one, talk to an attorney at the New Jersey law firm of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble. We can help you determine who is at fault for your injuries. You may be entitled to financial compensation to help you with medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. You can simply Contact us online or call 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817 for a free no obligation consultation.