Many of the products we use today in the U.S. are well designed and built. There are exceptions, however, and poorly designed or manufactured automobiles can be exceptionally dangerous. Companies that produce such vehicles or their components can expect to come under scrutiny by consumer watchdog groups and government agencies.
One automobile component that has come into the spotlight recently is the automobile seat. Automobile seats have not been required to be tested in crash tests, and only recent tests have shown the insufficiency of seatback standards. Most automobile seat problems are due to defective or non-sturdy parts, including seat tracks, recliner mechanisms and seatbacks.
If the seatback collapses backwards in a rear impact, a driver may lose control of the vehicle and cause further injuries. It can also interfere with the restraint system, in some cases allowing the vehicle occupants to slide from under the restraint and be ejected from the vehicle, even at low speeds. Rear seat occupants may be injured by a collapsed front seat, or to be trapped underneath it in a rear-impact collision.
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Many of the resulting injuries could have been prevented, yet car manufacturers continue to ignore their own engineers by not adopting inexpensive design revisions that would greatly improve car seat safety. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not strengthened federal requirements despite having expressed a desire to do so.
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