The Tracy Law Firm often conducts more crash tests than vehicle manufacturers to prove that safety defects caused death or catastrophic injuries.
We use test facilities certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Unlike many vehicle manufacturers, Todd Tracy uses state of the art instrumented crash test dummies to document injuries caused by safety defects.
Unlike many vehicle manufacturers, Todd Tracy uses multiple interior and exterior cameras to record safety failures.
The videos listed below demonstrate how the Tracy Law Firm uses crash tests to combat false safety claims by the biggest carmakers in the world.
The proof is in the pictures as well as the scientific and engineering analysis conducted by the Tracy Law Firm.
Crash Test Videos for Fraser vs. Adient – Fraser vs. Mercedes-Benz USA Cases
Adient brags that is a global leader in automotive seating making every third seat in existence. The Tracy Law Firm has sued Adient for allegedly making a defective front driver’s seat that crushed the skull of then 12-year old Jayden Faith Fraser, nicknamed JayFay. She was seated behind her father when their 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 was rear-ended. The seat collapsed and allowed JayFay’s father, Jason, to glide out into her head.
You can watch a video about our related lawsuit against Mercedes-Benz which has been settled.
In the Mercedes-Benz case, catastrophic injuries occurred when a 2000 Chevrolet Astro Van rear-ended the Fraser’s 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350.
The Tracy Law firm and automotive engineers at its Crash Lab conducted thirteen crash tests to prove that the front driver’s seat manufactured by Adient allowed the driver to glide out of his seat and strike his rear-seated daughter in the head with a devastating blow.
JayFay’s pediatric neurosurgeon described the impact as the equivalent of being hit by a bazooka round in combat. The CT scan above shows how her skull was literally blown off the top of her head and cracked like an eggshell.
Here is a selection from the 13-crash test videos which prompted Mercedes-Benz to settle the Fraser defective seatback lawsuit.
The above crash test video demonstrated how a defective front driver’s seat collapsed and allowed the driver to glide out crushing the rear-seated child.
It was among a series of crash tests conducted by Calspan, a NHTSA certified test facility, in which a 2000 Chevrolet Astro rear-ended a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350. The seat is called a W212.
The Tracy Law Firm turned to ARCCA, Experts in Forensic, Scientific & Engineering Solutions, to test an earlier seatback design for a front driver’s seat called the W211 from a 2000 Mercedes-Benz SL500.
The test proved that the later seatback design called a W212 which was used in the Fraser’s 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 had been significantly weakened.
When the W211 seat was subjected to FMVSS 207 testing by ARCCA, it had a seat strength of over 24,230 inch-pounds.
In comparison, when Adient’s W212 E350 seats were subjected to the same FMVSS 207 tests, the W212 seats tested by ARCCA could only reach 18,800 inch-pounds before failing.
The Frasers also conducted sled tests at the National Institute For Aviation Research at Wichita State University to show that the seats made by Adient violated glide out standards.
The seats that were chosen all came from production Mercedes-Benz or Chrysler vehicles. Each of these seats was developed, designed, and manufactured by a company that Adient acquired.
In test TH19D-02, the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL500 front seat did not crush or cause any harm to the rear-seated crash test dummy or the front seated crash test dummy.
In test TH19D-01, the 2008 Daimler Chrysler Town and Country Minivan did not crush or cause any harm to the rear-seated crash test dummy or the front seated crash test dummy.
The Wichita State University testing clearly demonstrated that a strong seat prevents crushing a rear-seated child when subjected to accident forces that were considerably higher than the Fraser accident.
The Wichita State University testing confirmed the driver is not allowed to be ejected and strike the rear-seated occupant.
The Wichita State University testing confirmed the driver is not permitted to glide out of the seat and strike the rear-seated occupant.
In the Fraser vs. Mercedes-Benz case, two crash tests were conducted at KARCO, another NHTSA approved crash test facility. These crash tests demonstrate how Mercedes-Benz should have maintained occupant survival space in its E350 Sedan.
Smart cars were chosen because Daimler AG, the manufacturer of the Mercedes-Benz, touts this vehicle as its little brute, because “the Tridion safety cell protects its occupants like the hard shell of a nut.”
In Test P39020-01, a Chevy Astro Van struck a Smart For Four, generating a Delta V of over 37mph.
The Tridion safety cell prevented any loss of survival space.
In Test P38361-01, a moving barrier struck a Smart For Two, generating a Delta V of 36mph.
The Tridion safety cell prevented any loss of survival space in both Smart cars.
The safer alternative designs that were tested, in this case, were both technologically and economically feasible long before the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 was developed and designed.
The Tracy Law Firm also used crash tests to prove that a safer alternative design already existed.
The safer alternative designs that have been tested in this case were both technologically and economically feasible long before the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350 was developed and designed.
The crash tests conducted by CALSPAN and ARCCA clearly demonstrate that because of the weak front seat in the W212, Mr. Fraser’s head was allowed to glide away from his seat and strike his daughter’s head when his seat collapsed rearward.