In 1968, the United States National Highway Safety Bureau required car makers to install seat belts in passenger vehicles made and sold in the United States. When it was determined that the original single-strap lap belts failed to prevent serious injuries to the upper body during an accident, the law was amended to require the full safety harnesses in use in all cars today. In 1999, the federal government began requiring all new passenger cars sold in the United States to come equipped with front passenger air bags.
Manufacturers are required to ensure their seat belts are effective in securing the driver and passengers in crashes at highway speed limits. Air bags are supposed to deploy automatically when the moving vehicle is struck in a frontal collision as low as eight miles per hour. If injuries to the driver or passenger result because a fastened seat belt fails to remain secure or the air bag fails to deploy during a crash, the manufacture may be held liable for compensating the victims for the full extent of the resulting damages.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a car accident in New Jersey in which the seat belt or air bag failed to provide the required protection, talk to a New Jersey products liability lawyer at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP. For more than a decade, our firm has been recognized for our effective representation to help victims of auto manufacturer’s negligence recover full and fair money damages they are entitled to for their injuries and financial damages.
We have built our reputation on integrity. There are very precise ways to determine whether seat belt or air bag failure resulted in additional bodily injury or death. We offer a no-cost consultation to evaluate your case. We will investigate the circumstances of your accident. If you have a legitimate claim for damages, you will have a formidable litigation firm on your side, fighting aggressively to help you recover the full money damages you deserve. Insurance defense attorneys and judges know that if our firm handles a case, it is only with full confidence that there is negligence on the part of the manufacturer.
From offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, our lawyers advise and represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation matters throughout New Jersey. From wherever you are, call our office at 732-777-0100 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey products liability lawyer at an office nearest to you.