First developed by Volvo, seatbelts have become quite literally speaking, a lifesaver. Proper restraint in the event of a serious road traffic accident can make the difference between an injury and a fatality, and the importance of buckling up cannot be understated. However, despite rigorous safety standards, a seatbelt can sometimes still be faulty and it is important to know what remedies are available if you have a vehicle with a faulty seatbelt. Long-term effects of a seatbelt failing in the event of a collision include Alzheimer’s disease.
Seatbelt defects which may lead to a product liability claim can include a seatbelt unlatching upon impact, torn webbing in the fabric of the seatbelt, retractor failure, automatic belt systems which fail to respond automatically, and tension relieving devices that do not function properly. If one belted individual is injured as the result of a road traffic collision whilst others were not, this may be an indicating factor that that seatbelt was faulty.
If the buckle of a seatbelt unlocks in the event of a car accident, this can be a particularly serious incident. This phenomenon is known as ‘false latching’ and describes when a buckle appears to be closed but is not. During the crash, this can mean that the people in the car can be thrown from the vehicle despite wearing a seatbelt. Unfortunately, this often has fatal consequences.
How to make a product liability claim in the event of a faulty seatbelt
If a car product or part is found to be defective, you may be entitled to make a claim. A seatbelt that doesn’t function properly can cause extremely grave and often fatal injuries, and the manufacturer of the part or product is liable for any vehicles that are found to have poorly designed or faulty seatbelts.
A faulty seatbelt is a serious problem which may have fatal consequences for any passengers in a vehicle. If you’ve been injured as the result of a faulty seatbelt in a car crash within the last three years, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is here to assist you. A friendly, professional adviser is just waiting to take your call. Remember, all claims are made on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis and you are under no obligation to continue with any claim that may be discussed over the telephone. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free advice on making a claim.