Porche Rear Seat Belt Failure
Were you or a loved one injured in a car accident when the seat belt buckle in your Porsche broke? You may be able to recover damages for your pain and suffering, medical expenses and more. Our Florida vehicle products liability attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason Turchin have handled many automotive defects claims, and we would like to help you with yours too. Call us today to get started at 800-337-7755. It's a free consultation.
Why Buckle Up?
We’ve come quite a long way from the days when no one thought twice about getting in the car and not fastening the seat belt. Not surprisingly, some cars didn’t even come with seat belts.
Today, most of us know how important it is to wear our seat belts. We buckle up because we all know that in the event of a car accident, the seat belt can restrain us in place and help decrease the risk of serious harm. We know how dangerous it is and how badly we could get hurt if we were tossed around the car during a collision. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 15,000 lives each year are saved in the United States simply by wearing seat belts.
So what happens when your seat belt buckle breaks upon impact during a crash? It may be no different than not wearing one at all! If your buckle breaks or if you simply are not wearing your seat belt, then there is nothing to restrain you and keep you relatively in place in the event of a crash. Like anyone who doesn’t wear their seat belt, you could be sent flying upon impact and be seriously hurt.
Injury Caused By Porsche Rear Seat Belt Defect
Injuries that could occur if your seat belt broke or if you simply weren’t wearing one may include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Head Injury
- Blunt force trauma to the head, chest, and abdomen
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal bleeding
It does seem unusual and probably unlikely that impact could be forceful enough to break your seat belt, but this can actually happen in 2019 Porsche Cayennes.
Defective Seat Belts in Porsche Cayenne Vehicles
In December 2018, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. issued a recall, which notified 2019 Porsche Cayenne owners of a manufacturing defect affecting the rear passenger side seat belt buckle.
According to an investigation by the NHTSA, the seat belt buckle might break under load, such as the event of a car accident. If the buckle breaks, then the passenger will not be restrained and could be seriously injured during a crash.
The faulty seat belts may constitute a manufacturing defect because the manufacturer failed to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, "Seat Belt Assemblies,” during the assembly and testing of the seat belts.
Is Porsche Liable for Manufacturing Defects?
To pursue a claim against Porsche for harm caused by a manufacturing defect, the plaintiff may need to show the following:
- The passenger suffered an actual injury.
- The defective seat belts were the proximate cause of the injuries.
- The passenger was using the seat belt as per its intended use.
- Porsche knew or should have known that the rear seat belt did not meet FMVSS standards,
- and failed to replace, remove, or adequately warn 2019 Porsche Cayenne owners that their vehicle’s seat belt may have been defective.
It’s hard to imagine strapping yourself or perhaps your child into the back seat of a car and not being sure it will keep you safe. Unfortunately, Porsche owners may be unknowingly taking this risk.
If you or a loved one got hurt during a crash when the seat belt in your Porsche broke, you may be entitled to recover for your injuries. At the Law Offices of Jason Turchin, our team of products liability attorneys believe that those who failed to protect you from harmful or defective automotive products should be held liable when you are injured. Jason Turchin has helped many victims of defective auto parts, and he wants to represent you and help you with your claim. Call us today to see how we can help at 800-337-7755. It’s always a free consultation!