But I Fastened My Seat Belt!


September 2, 2015 / Vehicle Accidents

You’ve probably read quite a bit this year about the multi-million-vehicle Takata air bag recall. The faulty air bags have been implicated in at least eight deaths and over 100 injuries, and the automakers run the gamut from Honda to GM to Ford to Nissan. But you might not have heard as much about the seat belt recalls involving four major car manufacturers.

Air bags would not be as life-saving as they are if we didn’t have seat belts in our cars. Seat belts do indeed save lives. It could even be argued that seat belts are more critical to our safety than air bags. They are the original, first line of defense when it comes to minimizing serious injury and death in automobile accidents.

Seat belt use has risen over the years. Indiana’s compliance rate was at least 90 percent from 2008 through 2014. And traffic deaths went down as seat belt design improved over the decades. Yes, seat belts do indeed save lives.

But not if they don’t work.

Well Over a Half-Million Vehicles Affected

During only a few months of 2015 alone, nearly 700,000 vehicles were recalled for faulty seat belts. The recalls affect five different automakers:

If you believe your vehicle is affected, and you have not been contacted, get in touch with the maker of your car or truck as soon as possible in order to make sure these potentially deadly problems are fixed.

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If you or a loved one has suffered injury in an accident due to a seat belt failure, call Indiana accident lawyer Mike Stephenson. Mike can take a look at your unique situation to determine whether negligence was involved and, if so, which party was responsible. Keep in mind that in Indiana there is a statute of limitations – or a deadline – for filing personal injury claims, so it is unwise to delay. Don’t lose the opportunity to obtain the money you need to make your family’s future financially secure. Call Mike Stephenson at 1-317-825-5200 or contact us using our online form. Stephenson Rife. Trusted advisors. Proven advocates.

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