Did a Car Seat Defect Cause My Child’s Injuries?

Every parent wants the best for their child, and that includes car seats. While many parents spend hours researching the safest car seats for their little ones, I think many wouldn't even consider that the highly-rated car seat they purchased at the end of that search still might fail when it's needed most. To make...

3 Types of Rollover Crashes and Why They Matter to Victims

Rollover crashes are frightening and often fatal. Most people know a rollover accident when they see one, but part of our government's work to prevent these crashes involves defining and classifying what a rollover is. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), defines a rollover as any crash where a vehicle impacts the ground on its...

Are Automakers Liable if a Roof Collapses in a Rollover Crash?

Rollover crashes account for less than 3% of all passenger vehicle accidents, but are responsible for almost 35% of all highway fatalities, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Of course, automakers cannot create vehicles that will never be in a rollover crash; however, most people assume that rollover crashes will be deadly...

Are Vehicle Fires Always Product Liability Cases?

In July 2018, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) published a Fire Report Series that found that the US averages 345 deaths and 1,300 injuries due to vehicle fires every year. Additionally, the report found that 80 percent of these fires occur in our everyday passenger vehicles. What is most startling though, is that "unintentional actions...

What Do I Do If My Seatback Failed and Injured Me?

I previously wrote about the dangers of seatback failure and how safety experts believe the current design standards are too lax and severely outdated. Now the pressing question for some people is, "What are my options if I was seriously injured or lost a loved one due to seatback failure?" Manufacturers Have a Duty to...

Is My Vehicle Defective if it Doesn’t Have Crash Avoidance Technology?

Technology can save lives, especially in the auto industry. In today's day and age, many in the vehicle safety community believe there’s really no excuse for vehicles not to include Crash Avoidance Technology (CAT) as a standard feature. According to these experts, it is irresponsible and harmful for automakers to exclude the software and hardware...

What Is the Government Doing to Prevent Vehicle Seatback Failures? Not Much.

For years automakers and vehicle safety organizations have gone back and forth about vehicle seat design and seatback failure. Automakers maintain that “yielding seats” limit injuries in low-speed rear impacts, and that if vehicle seats were stiffer, those low-speed rear accidents would result in more severe injuries. The problem is, that this argument originated in...

Can Automakers Start Making Rollover Crashes Less Dangerous?

Rollover collisions can result in severe outcomes like traumatic brain injuries, spinal trauma, paralysis, amputations, and even death. According to national statistics from 2014 to 2018, only 2 percent of vehicles in all traffic crashes were involved in rollover crashes, but 24 percent of all fatalities resulted from rollover crashes.These statistics demonstrate that rollover crashes...

Worth the Weight? Cybex Recalls Weight-Lifting Equipment For Major Injury Risks

Most gyms may never have dangerously broken machines, and more power to them for keeping their members safe. It only takes one incident, though: For a lone weightlifter with God as his only spotter, it can be a harrowing experience if the machine malfunctions. That's the situation for 15,000 Smith machine-style weight racks that are...

Over 150,000 Chrysler/Jeep Vehicles Recalled for Brake Defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is once again issuing a recall for several makes, models, and years of SUVs and minivans in its fleet, but so far the defect in question hasn't injured the people driving these affected vehicles. Let's take a closer look at what's happening. Who Makes This Product? Anyone who glances at the news...