The design of automobile seats is an important aspect contributing to car safety. Some automobile manufacturers have developed seating systems that actually aggravate injuries
suffered in car accidents
, rather than help prevent such injuries. One of the primary objectives of seat designers should be to develop a seat back that does not collapse upon impact. Well-designed seat backs should maintain their integrity, thereby securing the occupant in an upright position. When a seat back collapses, the occupant may be ejected from the car or otherwise harmed. Additionally, a compromised seat back may hamper the occupant's escape from the vehicle after impact. Such a delay can be especially dangerous in the event of a fuel spill
and subsequent fire.
In addition to seat back failure, defective headrest designs also contribute to auto injuries and deaths. Headrests that can be removed or lowered below the neck allow the occupant's head
to snap violently over the back of the seat. Engineers for the major carmakers have recognized the vital importance of proper seat and headrest design. However, many manufacturers continue to produce outdated and flawed seats and headrests.
If you have been injured because of a faulty seat component, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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