Products Liability Defective Headrests
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.
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:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
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 Defective Headrests
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.
Corpus Christi 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. Contact us today to discuss your case.