Products Liability:

Defective Car Seatbacks

Many cars have seating systems that directly cause injuries. When a car is hit from behind, the car is thrust forward rapidly sending occupants backward. The force puts pressure on the car’s seatback, which should remain upright to protect the passengers’ bodies. Unfortunately, many seatbacks are poorly designed and collapse when this force is put upon them. A collapsing seatback can cause a passenger to be ejected from the car or cause the driver to lose control. Injuries from defective car seatbacks can cause death, skull fractures, paralysis, broken bones and neck injuries.

General Motors has become infamous for producing defective seatbacks. Every seat back produced by the company from the 1970s to the mid 1990s was designed to collapse rearward in impact when there was a speed change of 15 mph or more.