Seat Belt Defects

Chicago Car Accident Attorneys

It is universally understood that the use of seat belts saves tens of thousands of lives each year. In fact, according to a study commissioned by James Madison University, properly used safety belts reduce the number of serious traffic injuries by 50% and fatalities by 60-70%. The study also found that, for every 1% increase in safety belt use, 172 lives and close to $100 million in annual injury and death costs could be saved.

Yet, for all of the undeniable benefits derived from regular seat belt use, a defective seat belt can lead to disastrous consequences. If a person is involved in an accident with a faulty seat belt, and that belt should fail at the critical moment of impact, serious injuries, including death, may occur. Sadly, seat belt defects are all too common.

In fact, just recently GM was forced to recall nearly 240,000 vehicles due to the installation of defective seat belts. According to the recall, the defective belts felt properly latched when, in fact, it was not. And in a different type of defect, in 2009 Toyota was forced to recall approximately 130,000 of its Yaris vehicles because of the installation of defective seat belts, which were at risk of causing a foam pad in the vehicle to ignite.

We Fight for Injury Victims & Their Families in Illinois

Accidents involving defective seat belts can lead to various injuries, including bruises, lacerations, fractured bones, brain trauma and worse. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, and you believe a defective seat belt may have contributed to the injuries, you may have a legal right to compensation for the injuries suffered. However, it is critically important that you explore all of your legal options as soon as possible. The statute of limitations may have already begun to run, and you must pursue your legal rights before the statute expires.

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Each Chicago car accident attorney at Pavich Law Group, P.C. has over 60 years of combined legal experience representing victims of other people’s negligence, including those injured by defective products, such as defective seat belts. Our attorneys can guide you through your legal options and help you decide on a course of action. Call us today to schedule an initial consultation at no charge.