When vehicles are hit at a high rate of speed from behind, the bucket seats sometimes break and recline quickly. In some cases, they recline too fast, causing the person in the front seat to slip out of the front seat completely – toward the back seat, causing life-long injuries and possibly death.
During rear-end collisions, the seats of a car or SUV perform a key role in protecting the occupants from getting hurt. If there is a seatback failure, the person could either get thrust rearward or ejected from the vehicle. This can lead to lifetime injuries and possibly the death of the occupants in the event of a collision or crash. In an effort to cut costs, the auto industry has long neglected the quality of the seatbacks. Among other safety components of the car, seatbacks also need to be manufactured using the latest technology so that they do not collapse.
Seatback defects can put the lives of children at risk in particular if they happen to be in the car when a crash happens.
Seatback failures can lead to different types of injuries including:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck fracture
- Broken bones
- Amputation of limbs
If someone is seated in the rear seat when a car accident occurs, the person in the back (often a child) can be severely injured or killed from the impact. If you have been hurt or affected by a seatback failure, you may have a right to compensation against the auto manufacturer.