Rear impact collisions at speeds as low as 12 mph can cause some seat backs to collapse if the seat back has a faulty design. Smartmotorist.com cited a study of 23 rear impact crashes involving front seat back collapses that showed that in a majority of rear impact accidents, front seat passengers are either partially or totally ejected from their seat, causing trauma to the head or neck or serious spinal cord injuries from impact with rear seat backs or cargo.
Properly functioning seat backs, in addition to seat belts, ensure that occupants remain positioned upright in their seat during the impact of a crash. It is believed that through confidential settlements, manufacturers have concealed many other instances of defective seat backs which collapsed and caused needless occupant injuries and deaths.
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If you have been injured, or a loved one has been killed, in an accident involving a collapsed seat back or other auto defect and would like to learn more about your legal rights, please use the form below to contact an auto injury attorney at Lieff Cabraser. You are also welcome to call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Fabrice Vincent. There is no charge or obligation for our review of your case.