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Seat Belt Saftey: A Second Look

Everybody knows that seat belts have the potential to save lives and are in most cases, required by law.  Amazingly however, manufacturers continue to make defective belts that cause major problems for individuals counting on seat belts to help ensure safety during an accident.

Because a seat belt greatly increases a person’s chances of surviving a motor vehicle accident, the importance of manufacturing them correctly should be a top priority.  Unfortunately, experience tells me–this does not always happen.     

Typically, a seat belt assembly consists of both a lap and shoulder belt.  The shoulder belt should be worn closely against one’s body over the shoulder and across the chest (rather than under the arm).  It is also best if the lap belt is placed firmly against the body and low across the hips. ?

But even if an individual takes the appropriate safety precautions, there is still a chance the device could fail upon impact, when it counts the most.  That is why it is critical to determine if the belt was in working order in the first place.  

In addition, while air bags do not take the place of a seat belt, it is also best to make sure that proper installation occurred prior to purchasing a vehicle.  The same is true for vehicles that have been involved in an accident prior to repairs.  

On the other hand, when air bags activate during a motor vehicle collision–they reduce the forward movement of the upper torso and minimize impact.  So, if either the belt or the airbag are defective, the operator and or any passenger(s) are likely in real trouble when faced with a collision.

Finally, these devices are not made foremost to prevent drivers or passengers from being thrown from a vehicle.  In other words, a seat belt is supposed to apply most of the force from the collision across the chest and pelvis, which are better able to withstand the impact.

So, if you have any questions about what is safe in your vehicle or who might be responsible if something goes wrong in this area, personal injury lawyers are here to help.  

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