Defective Seat Backs Kill And Cripple Children
Seatbacks on the driver and passenger’s front seat chronically break and collapse, causing death and paralysis. Every day on average, vehicle accidents kill three children and injury 470. Eleven percent of those child victims were seated in the rear when the front seatback crushed them.
Automakers and government safety regulators routinely recommend that parents put their children in the back seat. But in rear-end collisions, the rear seat becomes a killing zone for children as well as small adults.
How could the death toll be rising? An automotive safety leader pointed out years ago that designing seats is not “rocket science.”
The crash test video below recreates the catastrophic impact of when a father’s seat crushed the skull of his 12-year old daughter seated behind him. When a van runs into the rear of their Mercedes sedan, the father launches backward. The seatback’s defective, weak bracket breaks, slamming the father’s head into the side of his daughter’s skull. 12-year old JayFay Fraser suffered a traumatic brain injury. It left her paralyzed and speechless.
The Tracy Law Firm’s Crash Lab conducted more crash tests than Mercedes Benz engineers ever conducted when designing the vehicle.
The family reached an out of court settlement with Mercedes.
The risk is not only to back seat occupants. The front seat driver and passenger may also suffer broken necks when their seatbacks break in minor collisions.
Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy Warned About Defective Seat Back Dangers For Years
The automotive industry has been aware of the defective seatbacks and the rising death toll of victims for decades. CBS News has broadcast investigative reports Government safety regulators have failed to act.
Thousands of Vehicles With Dangerous Seat Backs Are Carrying Families
There are tens of thousands of ticking time bombs on the road with defective seatbacks that can maim and destroy young lives.