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Defective Product Seatback Failure

What is a Seat Back Failure?

A vehicle seat back that does not stay in place during a collision can contribute to serious and fatal injuries. In a rear end collision, the passengers are thrown forward; the seat back should stay in place, so that the seat belt and air bags can protect the seat’s occupant. When the seat back fails and falls forward, it helps propel the occupant into the dashboard or windshield; in some cases the occupant is ejected from the car. A collapsed seat back can make it difficult to get the passengers out of the car. In addition, the seat back’s failure can cause the passengers in the back seat to propel violently forward, with nothing to stop their forward motion. In the case of a front end collision, the seat back may propel backward into the passengers in back seats, injuring them and its occupant. In this case too, the occupant in the faulty seat may be ejected from the car. Sometimes head rests fail during collisions. This can cause neck and spinal cord injuries.

Engineering and design flaws are frequently the cause of seat back failure. In some cases, seat back failure is caused by aging auto parts that have not been properly maintained. Seat back failures can lead to many types of injuries. When seat back failure can be proved to the fault of the manufacturer, accident victims may get financial compensation for their injuries.

Typical Injuries

Seat back failures most frequently contribute to head trauma and spinal cord injuries. Head trauma can cause brain injury; in some cases brain damage may be fatal. People who recover from brain damage may show only minor effects, if any, from the injury or they may be functionally impaired to the extent that they need a care giver and can no longer work. Cognitive (thinking) and motor problems are the most common results of brain damage.

Spinal cord injuries may lead to the patient having virtually no ability to move voluntarily and can even impair breathing. The extent of the disability depends on the location and extent of the injury. Some patients with spinal cord injuries can move their upper body, but not their legs. More fortunate patients may retain some leg movement as well as upper body movement.

Regardless of the extent of the disability, an injury caused by a failed seat back is emotionally and financially stressful.

A skilled personal injury and product liability “seat back failure” attorney understands the factors involved in seat back failures and can help people injured by a seat back failure to obtain the financial compensation they deserve. If you think you have a case, call us at Allen & Abaray, P.A. at (863) 669-9999 immediately so that the vehicle is preserved immediately.


The experienced Lakeland personal injury attorneys at Allen & Abaray, P.A. aggressively pursue accident injury cases throughout the state of Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, truck accident, slip and fall accident, or have suffered any type of injury because of someone else's negligence, call 1-863-669-9999 today for a free consultation.

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