|[May 01, 2012]
What Automakers Don't Want You to Know… Bisnar Chase Reveals Driving Dangers of Deadly Auto Defects
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP (http://www.BestAttorney.com)
of Orange (News - Alert) County, California who specialize in national catastrophic
injury and wrongful death cases involving defective cars, today revealed
information about deadly auto defects they say automakers don't want the
driving public to know.
1) Defective seat backs.
Surprisingly, the firm says that when it comes to strength and
structural integrity, a seat as flimsy as a lawn chair can pass today's
minimum safety requirements. During a crash, defective car seats come
unattached from the floor, or defective seat backs flip into the rear
compartment, causing restraint systems to fail and occupants to be
tossed around the interior of the vehicle. The firm says many of its
clients have been injured as a result of defective car seats, including Jaklin
Romine who was awarded $24.7 million last year after being rendered
a quadriplegic when her defective seat back collapsed causing her head
to strike the rear compartment.
2) Insufficient roof strength.
Even today, many vehicles lack sufficient roof strength, causing
occupants to sustain head and spinal cord injuries and blunt force
trauma during rollover crashes. A crushed
car roof can also compromise the functionality of seatbelts and
windows which can lead to passenger ejection resulting in catastrophic
injuries and death. Gloria
Levesque was rendered an incomplete quadriplegic in a Ford
Expedition rollover accident in 2003 after the SUV's substantially weak
roof collapsed and crushed inward, causing her to sustain severe head
and spinal cord injuries.
3) Defective seat belts.
Surprisingly, a large number of auto defects cases represented by Bisnar
| Chase Personal Injury Attrneys, LLP involve seat belt malfunctions of
one kind or another despite restraint system advancements through the
belt defects include those that are easily unlatched by flying
objects or body parts during a crash, others that are made with poorly
designed webbing that loosens or tears in crashes, and still others that
come detached from their anchor points and mounts. In the case of Joshua
Newman, his defective seat belt gave way after his car crashed into
a light pole in 2003. Joshua suffered a traumatic brain injury, chest
trauma and heart failure. His passenger, whose seat belt did not fail,
received minor injuries.
4) Defective windows.
In addition to keeping outside objects from entering a vehicle, windows
serve an important purpose of keeping vehicle occupants inside. What the
firm has learned is that in certain vehicles, automakers have cut costs
by using weak metal frameworks around windows - usually located around
side and rear windows - and cheaper tempered glass that shatters more
easily than laminated glass. In 2006, Michael
Samardzich was permanently blinded after shards of tempered glass
pierced and ruptured his left eye in a crash involving a GMC Yukon in
which he was a passenger. And in 2007, Carmen
Todd was killed in a GMC Yukon Denali rollover accident. The
wrongful death case cited a malfunctioning and unsafe window design,
among other defects, that allowed Carmen to be partially ejected from
5) Insufficient lateral and roll stability.
The firm says historical design flaws in higher profile vehicles like
Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and trucks, coupled with the lack of
mandatory Electronic Stability Control (ESC (News - Alert)), have made certain vehicles
more susceptible to loss of steering control, loss of traction control
and rollovers. While all 2012 model year vehicles are required to have
ESC in the U.S., not all cars manufactured before 2012 were equipped
with ESC - technology that was first introduced in 1987.
"Rollover crashes due to insufficient lateral and roll stability are
common," said Brian
Chase, auto defects expert and partner at Bisnar | Chase Personal
Injury Attorneys, LLP. "What's shocking is the 25-year lapse in
mandating a technology like ESC which has been proven to prevent
one-third of the nation's fatal car accidents. When it comes right down
to it, safety features are an added expense. What we've learned is that
automakers simply care more about profitability than they do about
protecting innocent motorists."
About BISNAR CHASE
| Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP represent people who have
been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to a California
personal injury accident, car accident, defective product or
negligence throughout the state. The auto defects law firm has won a
wide variety of auto defect cases against many major auto manufacturers,
including Ford, General Motors (News - Alert), Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler. Brian
Chase, auto defects expert and partner at Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury
Attorneys, LLP is the author of the most up-to-date and comprehensive auto
defect book available today, Still Unsafe at Any Speed: Auto
Defects that Cause Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries. For
more information about the auto defects experts at Bisnar | Chase
Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP, visit www.BestAttorney.com.
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