Seat belts are some of the most vital safety equipment in vehicles, along with airbags. They prevent drivers and passengers from sustaining traumatic injuries in collisions and ejections. But sometimes, the drivers and passengers sustain unnecessary injuries because of defective seat belts. According to a defective seat belt article from the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, careless manufacturers may be held liable.
Common Seat Belt Defects
Defective seat belts can manifest in many ways, but there are defects that are much common than the others. Below are the most common defects involving seat belts.
- Improper latching: Seat belts that do not buckle or latch properly are extremely dangerous when an accident occurs, because they may lack the power to restrain the occupant and cause him or her to be thrown or ejected.
- Loose constriction: Like improperly latched seat belts, loosely constricting seat belts do not have restraining power to hold on to an occupant in case of a crash, possibly causing a traumatic injury.
- Excessive restriction: Seat belts that are too tight can also be considered defective. They should be loose enough to allow movement and restrictive enough to prevent occupants from getting ejected.
- Weak materials: The use of weak materials and products to create seat belts also poses a danger. Seat belts that are composed of substandard materials may not have optimal functionality and may even be the reasons for injury.
Injuries from Defective Seat Belts
Most injuries sustained from defective seat belts are from the force of the collision itself and the seat belts’ inability to protect their occupants. The worst injuries are fatal or lifelong, such as severe traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, neck fractures, and internal bleeding. Other injuries may not be as bad, but they still pose serious threats to your health, such as spinal cord injuries, whiplash, chest and back issues, and shoulder and arm problems.