Forest River Bus Seat Failure

Were you involved in a bus accident where the seat belt failed or broke? Did your seat belt break and cause you to get hurt? You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of Jason Turchin at 800-337-7755 to speak with an experienced Products Liability Attorney and see if we can help you set up your claim.

Bus crashes are often particularly dangerous and sometimes even deadly because a lot of large buses don’t have proper seat belts. Forest River buses, on the other hand, do have seat belts on their buses. However, a recall that was issued in July stating that the seat belts are improperly welded to the bus seats, which could cause the belts to easily break during the force of impact in the event of a crash.

With this kind of defect, Forest River buses can be just as dangerous as other buses who don’t have seat belts installed in the first place. Our Florida vehicle product liability attorneys can help with your case if you or a loved one was hurt when their seat belt broke after a car accident in Florida.

Why do the Seat Belts Break on Forest River Buses?

In September 2018, Forest River submitted a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the strength of the washers, which are used to mount the passenger seat belt assemblies to the seat frame or B pillar, depending on the bus model. The report noted that the washers were improperly manufactured by using over heat treatment, which could cause them to become brittle and crack in some cases.

The following 2017-2018 vehicles have been recalled for the seat belt mounting defect:

 

  • Glaval Bus Apollo
  • Glaval Bus Commute
  • Glaval Bus Concorde II
  • Glaval Bus Entourage
  • Glaval Bus Legacy
  • Glaval Bus Primetime
  • Glaval Bus Titan II
  • Glaval Bus Titan II Low Floor
  • Glaval Bus Universal

Is Forest River Liable for My Injuries?

The defect was caused by the negligent or careless assembly of the bus because the manufacturer did not account for the possibility that over heat treating the washers in order to mount them could cause them to ultimately crack under pressure. This is called a manufacturing defect.

If you were hurt in an accident on a bus, your injuries may have been prevented or significantly less serious if the seat belts had not snapped upon impact.

Forest River could be held liable for a manufacturing defect that caused or contributed to your injuries if you can show:

  • You suffered an actual injury
  • The defective seat belt were the proximate cause of your injury
  • You had used the seat belt as it was intended to be used
  • The manufacturer knew or should have known that the washers were improperly manufactured and defective and failed to remove or adequately warn bus owners or passengers about the defect.

 Hiring the Right Product Liability Attorney

At the Law Offices of Jason Turchin, our mission is to get you the compensation you are entitled to for your pain and suffering. Jason Turchin is an experienced products liability attorney in Florida who has represented many clients who have been injured in accidents caused by automotive defects, and he wants to get you the help you deserve. Call us today for your free consultation at 800-337-7755 to get started on your claim.

Click the links below to read the recall reports issued by Forest River

Recall Report

Report Amendment 1

Report Amendment 3