Consumer interest groups are calling on DaimlerChrysler to recall Gen-3 seat belts
because of several reports indicating the models may open more easily than other belts. Gen-3 seat belts are used on more than 16 million Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge vehicles sold since 1993. According to studies, Gen-3 belts may unlatch before and during accidents leading to serious injury or death. Gen-3 malfunctions have been linked to nearly 15 fatalities since their inception.
Gen-3 models first made news in 2000 when a Texas family settled a lawsuit against the belt's manufacturer for over $6 million. Bart Moran was ejected from his Dodge Caravan during a collision with another car. He died hours later. Authorities at the scene reported that Moran was not wearing his safety belt. Insisting the contrary, Moran's wife filed a lawsuit against DaimlerChrysler alleging the Gen-3 belt installed in the Caravan was to blame for his death. Plaintiff attorneys successfully proved that Moran was in fact wearing his seat belt and that it had unlatched during the crash.
Opponents argue that the Gen-3's release button is prone to accidental release because it is raised above the cover of the buckle. According to critics, a flying object or a passenger may inadvertently hit the release button during an accident.
If you have been injured by a defective seat belt, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your valuable legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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