Vehicle Car Seat Heaters Pose a Dangerous Burn Risk for the Disabled


March 25, 2011

Car seats that heat up to warm motorists during the cold winter months are supposed to be a luxury feature that adds to a driver’s comfort and enjoyment. What many people do not realize is that defective car seat heaters can pose a serious burn risk and fire hazard especially to disabled vehicle occupants. Public safety experts and physicians have asked federal regulators and auto makers to take steps to make car seat heaters safer.

Those who are disabled or paralyzed are at a particular risk because they do not realize that they are being severely burned until the damage has been done. If you have been burned by a car seat heater or by a fire in your vehicle that was started by a car seat heater, you may be entitled to legal compensation for your injuries. The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have been representing those who suffer serious injuries or wrongful death throughout Georgia for over 27 years.

Car seats that are being warmed by heaters can heat up to temperatures as high as 160 degrees, which is far hotter than the temperature needed to cause third-degree burns. Third-degree burns affect the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis and may result in charring of the skin. It usually takes a long time for third degree burns to heal because the skin tissue is destroyed resulting in extensive scarring. A doctor, commenting on the risk of burns from seat warmers, indicated that it can take months for a wheel chair bound person’s third degree burns to heal and the integrity of the victim’s skin may be permanently compromised.

There have already been nine vehicle recalls related to burn hazards from motor vehicle seat heaters. Some of the recalls have been related to the risk that the seat heaters can get so hot they actually pose a risk of fire inside the vehicle. Other seat heaters can heat the seat to such a hot temperature that the upholstery is actually scorched by the heater. A group of burn doctors have made a request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asking that action be taken to reduce the risk of serious burn injuries associated with auto seat heaters.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious burn injury from vehicle seat heaters or a fire caused by seat heaters, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Montlick and Associates is dedicated to providing exceptional legal representation to automobile product defect victims as part of our continuing goal to be the best Atlanta product defect lawyers. If you have been injured, we want to help you receive the best results possible. Our experienced Georgia product defect lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, 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. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Personal Injury

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