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Seatback Failure

We Have Won Multi-Million Dollar Jury Verdicts for Auto Defect Cases.

We have tried and won defective automobile cases including jury verdicts of $31 Million, $25 Million, $13 Million for our clients. When we are evaluating your potential auto product liability case, we have direct experience in broken seatback cases resulting in death, spinal cord injury, paralysis and traumatic brain injury.

A solid and structurally sound seat is the key to a quality restraint system. Seatbelts and airbags are designed around the seat as an anchor so if the seat fails, the restraint systems fail as well. While the most common failure you see in these cases is a broken seatback, it is important to remember that not all seats actually break. There are instances where some seats have a flexibility that causes it to yield too much during the accident.

The product liability defect from a broken seatback is almost always a design failure. Many manufacturers, in an effort to save themselves five dollars-worth of metal parts, create a seat that lacks a structure robust enough to protect occupants in common rear end accidents. You will often see broken parts, metal failures, sheared teeth from the brackets, or seat anchors no longer attached to the floorboard.

Broken seatbacks often result in some of the most terrible injuries you see in automobile accidents: brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death. Not only is the front seat passenger or driver at risk, but rear-seat occupants can be seriously injured or killed if the seat breaks and the front passenger or driver moves backwards into the rear-seat area.

What to Look for to See If You Have a Seatback Failure Case:

  • Deformed or bent seats

  • Front occupants who end up in the back seat

  • A belted occupant who is still ejected in a rollover crash

  • People seated in the rear seat that are seriously injured or killed

  • Missing or separated head rests

Does It Cost Anything for Me to Speak with Your Firm About My Broken Seatback Injury Case?

No. We only get paid if you get paid on your case. We work on a contingent fee basis that explicitly states that you owe us nothing for attorney’s fees if we don’t collect for you. Hiring a lawyer is a personal decision, but at Sifers Jensen Palmer we have a team of lawyers and a qualified and friendly office staff of experienced legal professionals, all armed with knowledge of auto defect litigation to help you. We have an active nationwide practice.

We only get paid if you get paid and we charge nothing to meet with you to discuss your case. If you have been injured or a family member lost in any kind of accident, please contact Sifers Jensen Palmer for a no obligation appointment with one of our Missouri lawyers. To learn more about all of your options, call us toll free for a free consultation to discuss your case.