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Defective Headrests
The automobile is one of the most innovative and life-changing inventions ever created. Motor vehicles are constantly evolving in shape, size, efficiency, and safety features.

John T. Flood is a lawyer in Texas who focuses on defective headrest cases. Call (361) 654-8877 to get compensation for your injury caused by a faulty headrest.

In the late 1960s, car safety features began to include head restraints or headrests to reduce head and neck injuries during motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, however, defective headrests can become not just ineffective, but can actually increase the severity of car accident injuries due to faulty design and/or manufacturing.

Improperly Deploying

As technology advances and design features becomes more sophisticated, so do motor vehicle safety features. Active Head Restraint (AHR) combats common neck and head injuries like whiplash, concussions, and spinal cord injuries. Considering that every 17 seconds a rear-end collision occurs in the U.S., AHR can help minimize the impact of such collisions on a vehicle occupant’s body. Properly functioning AHR deploys a front panel that serves to reduce the distance the head and neck travel forward and subsequently backwards which can result in serious injury or in severe cases, death.

Unfortunately, active headrests have been known to deploy without the force of impact from an accident. Premature deployment can inflict the same injuries passenger AHR was designed to prevent. Defective headrests have the potential to inflict the following injuries to drivers and passengers:

The injuries associated with defective headrest-related accidents have the potential to be life altering. Compounding the pain, prematurely and inaccurately deployed AHR can can also cause a driver to lose consciousness and to lose of control of their vehicle.

Active headrests do not fail drivers solely through premature deployment either. Defective AHR can also fail to deploy in a collision, not fulfilling the safety requirements for which they were intended.

Protection for Drivers Against A Defective Headrest

Under federal law protecting consumers from defective and dangerous products, automakers and manufactures have a duty to make sure defective products never enter the hands of consumers. It is a grim reality that many automakers overlook key issues that jeopardize the safety of consumers in favor of their own profits. A driver’s focus behind the wheel should remain on the road; however, drivers are unable to do so when they’re concerned with their vehicle not functioning properly.

Texas Auto Defect Lawyer

A vehicle is a two-ton machine with the capability to end a person’s life in an instant. It is for this powerful reason that drivers and passengers trust automakers to produce vehicles that will keep them safe. While a driver cannot anticipate the actions of others on the road, they should be able to feel secure in their own vehicles. By failing to thoroughly test and implement proper automotive safety measures, vehicle manufacturers continue to fail consumers.

If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident where the headrest failed, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You don’t have to face automakers alone, either. With the guidance and support of seasoned auto products liability attorney John Flood, you can rest assured that your needs and concerns will be heard and attended to. John will fight for the just and fair compensation you deserve. Were you injured by a defective headrest in Texas? Call attorney John Flood at (361) 654-8877 today for a free initial case evaluation. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Defective Headrests

How are headrests supposed to protect consumers?

The purpose of a headrest is to prevent whiplash. When a car stops suddenly or there is an impact, the head can snap backwards from the force, which can strain the neck muscles and tendons. When it works correctly, a headrest protects the head from the force of the impact to prevent injury.

How do I know if my headrest is defective?

In some situations, a headrest can break on impact and fail to provide adequate support for the head. In a few particular vehicle makes and models with automatic head restraint systems, the headrest is designed to move forward in the event of a collision to protect the head and neck; however, many of these headrests are defective and deploy without cause.

What types of injuries result from defective headrests?

Whiplash, head trauma, spinal injuries, concussions, neck injuries, and other injuries have occurred due to faulty headrests in some vehicles. In the worst case scenario, injuries sustained in an accident due to a defective headrest could be fatal.

Who is liable for a defective headrest injury?

Liability for a defective headrest almost always lies with the vehicle manufacturer. Vehicle manufacturers owe a duty to consumers to equip their vehicles with adequate safety equipment. Headrest manufacturers, if not the manufacturer of the vehicle, may also be held liable for product defects. Even the assembler of the vehicle or the installer of the headrest can be liable.

How much is a defective headrest case worth?

It’s difficult to know how much your case may be worth until you speak with a lawyer. If the particular defective headrest involved in causing your injury is part of a class action lawsuit, you may be able to find out in advance what the potential range of compensation will be. If your case is an isolated incident, we can give you an estimate of how much you could attempt to collect.

What should I do if I was injured by a defective headrest?

After you receive the necessary medical treatment, the next step is to call an experienced products liability lawyer. John Flood Trial Lawyers have helped many victims of defective headrest injuries seek rightful compensation for the financial, physical, and emotional hardships that have resulted.

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