If a seat belt is defective and does not function as expected during a crash, the wearer can be seriously injured or killed. Our attorneys have won millions for accident victims, including people injured by a defective vehicle.
Seat belts are designed to lock firmly when there is a sudden movement, as may occur in a head-on or rear-end collision. In a rollover accident, that same design may fail and go slack. If the seat belt goes slack, the wearer may be thrown from the vehicle in a rollover. This is especially dangerous when installed in an SUV because SUVs have a higher center of gravity and roll over more easily in avoidance maneuvers.
Manufacturers offer multiple designs for installation, including a seat belt designed to stay locked with belt tension regardless of the type of motion. Why would a manufacturer continue to offer a product that performs poorly in rollovers? This is a question that may be answered by looking at corporate documents and questioning management and key employees.
BMW is recalling certain model year 2009 Z4 30i and 35i vehicles manufactured between March 10 and March 19, 2009. A defective crimp connector in a belt tensioner wiring plug may lead to increased electrical resistance of that connection. Increased electrical resistance in that circuit could cause the safety belt tensioner to fail to deploy in a crash, possibly resulting in increased injury to the occupant.
General Motors Recall
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2004 SAAB 9-3 sedans. Some of these vehicles were produced with front restraint retractors that, over time, could fail. It may not properly retract in the event of a crash, and the wearer may be harmed because he or she was not properly restrained.
Hyundai is recalling certain model year 2006 through 2009 Azera vehicles manufactured from September
27, 2005, through October 1, 2008. The wiring harness for the right front tension sensor may sustain damage after repeated use. If the tension sensor wiring becomes damaged, the air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash, necessitating front air bag deployment.