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According to CBS Denver a mother had to cut a seat belt off her child to keep her from strangling to death after the seat belt malfunctioned. The mother strapped her child in the back seat and when she had returned to the car her child was wrapped in two seat belts and was unconscious. The woman had to rush into the nearby school and get a pair of scissors. The mother said that when she had tried to pull the seat belt back to get her child’s head and neck loose but it did not work, but instead the seat belt continued to tighten around the girls neck. According to the news report this is not a rare incident but a common occurrence, common not only among young children but also among older children and teens.
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The Automotive Safety Program reports seat belt strangulation is not an uncommon occurrence. It is a common concern among many consumers, the frequency of a recalls for seat belts. Often a redesign of seat belts is suggested to fix this problem permanently. However, car companies believe that to fix this problem it is necessary to teach and educate parents on how to properly monitor children when they are in a vehicle. The ASP finds that what is causing children to become strangled in the safety belts is an interlocking mechanism. This is designed that when a sudden force is placed on the belt it will lock up to prevent a person from being ejected from the seat. However, what is currently happening is that children are pulling on the belt and causing the locking system to engage when the belt is around their neck. Then since it is not the same force of a car accident the belts continue to stay locked and retract the belt. It is this retraction process that is causing the children to strangle as the belt tightens.
ASP believes that if parents don’t leave their children unattended in cars and maintained supervision over them that the children would not be able to get themselves in the dangerous situation of a being strangled by safety belts.
If you have had a product malfunction and it caused you and your family serious injuries contact a Denverproduct liability lawyer today. By contacting a liability lawyer you can help keep unsafe products off the market. This will help to prevent further hurt to other individuals. If you or a family member was hospitalized because of serious injuries sustained from the faulty product, you could be entitled to financial compensation. An insurance company can make recovering financially from medical bills difficult. If you want to receive compensation and reimbursement for your medical bills, you need an attorney who is willing to work for you. By making sure that your receiving the best medical care you can acquire a lot of medical debt. Don’t pay for someone’s negligent behavior. Contact a caring attorney who is willing to listen and stand up for you, not only to insurance companies, but also to companies that make faulty products. Protecting your rights starts with a phone call to (303) 597-4500 for a FREE case consultation.