GM Issues Massive Recall Related to Defective Seat Belts
A massive recall has been issued by General Motors (GM) that affects 322,409 Chevy Impalas that were manufactured in 2009 and 2010. GM has indicated that the seat belt webbing in the vehicles covered by the recall may not have been fastened correctly to the lap belt anchor.
This defective assembly could mean that the seat belt fails during a serious motor vehicle accident, which would leave the vehicle occupant unprotected. The defective seat belts do not meet the minimum U.S. Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for seat belt assembly anchorages.
A properly functioning seat belt is arguably the single most important safety equipment in a motor vehicle. It is estimated that seat belts save 6,500 lives each year despite the fact that only 65% of car and truck occupants bother to buckle up. A critical indicator of the importance of a properly functioning seat belt is the mere fact that an accident victim's hospital costs are on average 50% more for auto accident victims who do not wear seat belts. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing those injured or killed in car accidents, including defective safety equipment, for over 25 years.
While the GM recall is a good start, there is still reason to be concerned because there are so many vehicles with these defective seat belts on the road. It is presumed that these seat belts may fail if a vehicle covered by the recall is involved in a car accident. A person who is injured or suffers more serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident because of a defective seat belt may have a claim against the manufacturer or retailer of the vehicle or the manufacturer of the seat belt component parts. Lawsuits involving defective seat belts can sometimes pose unique challenges. When a seat belt fails, it may require an expert to determine that the seat belt failed as opposed to the accident victim simply not buckling up.
If you are involved in a Georgia motor vehicle accident, including an accident where your seat belt failed, the attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you as they have families throughout Georgia for over 25 years. If you or someone you love is injured in a motor vehicle crash, call Montlick & Associates today to see how we can help. Our Georgia defective seat belt injury attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away and we will even come to you.