Defective Seat Belts

Defective Seatbelt Lawyers in New York City

Representing Victims of Defective Auto Products in NYC

Thousands of preventable deaths occur annually due to malfunctioning seatbelts. This is a sobering fact considering that most of us believe we are sufficiently protecting ourselves by using a seatbelt. The assumption is largely correct; some 15,000 lives are saved annually by the use of seatbelts. Unfortunately, despite the fact that 71 percent of motorists are currently buckling up, people can still be killed in a debilitating car wreck by a faulty latch or restraint mechanism.

The defective seatbelt attorneys of the New York City law firm of Proner & Proner are all too familiar with the devastating consequences of defective auto products. They have successfully handled numerous auto accident and product liability lawsuits on behalf of people harmed by defective seat belts. They also provide compassionate representation to families who lost a loved one to wrongful death due to a faulty seat belt.

Why Seatbelts Fail

There are many reasons why seatbelts may not function properly. Some of the most common problems are:

  • False latching – In this instance, a seatbelt can feel and look as if it is latched but the internal securing mechanisms are not engaged. Because of this, the seatbelt does not work as planned and auto inhabitants are not sufficiently protected. Serious injuries or death can result.
  • Inertial unlatching – This can occur when the seatbelt becomes unlatched during the accident even when internal mechanisms used to secure the seat belt are in place. This most often occurs in buckles that don’t have a “lock-for-the-latch” feature. This design often prevents unlatching, but it is not universally used.
  • Seatbelt slack – When there is too much slack or “give” in the belt, it will fail to lock the driver or passenger in place during an auto accident.
  • Lap and automatic door mounted belts – While automatic belts have been shown to cause neck and spine injury (and in some cases, decapitation), lap belts have contributed to paralysis and are not as safe as new, three-point belts.

Alarmingly, despite the importance of reliable seatbelts, auto manufacturers often scrimp on life-saving internal devices when it comes to the seatbelt buckle. They also use cheap materials for straps, all in the name of frugality.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of an injury due to a defective seatbelt, our experienced attorneys in New York can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

Contact Our Experienced NYC Defective Seatbelt Attorneys

The sole purpose of seatbelts is to protect the lives of vehicle occupants. Car manufacturers should bear this fact in mind when designing this all-important internal device. Those who fail to uphold their duty to make seatbelts as safe as possible should be held accountable for their actions.

The defective seatbelt attorneys of Proner & Proner, based in New York City, can represent you in your personal injury claim and will fight to ensure that your rights are protected.

To get your life back in order after a defective seatbelt-related accident, contact the attorneys of the New York City law offices of Proner & Proner today.


Last year we recovered over $15 million for our clients. With that money, our clients are able to pay their medical bills. They are getting their lives back on track after serious injuries and they are holding to account the people who wrongfully injured them.


$1,100,000.00 - Female, 35: Motorcyclist hit by oncoming traffic

Our client was riding on the back of a motorcycle going south when the defendant heading north made a left hand turn in front of the client, causing the accident.
Injuries: Fractured left leg which required surgery

We understand motorcyclists because we ride


$5,100,000.00 - Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck

Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures.

$3,500,000.00 - Female, 33: Serious personal injury

Our client fell down the stairs and was knocked unconscious at a New York City
subway station.
Injuries: Fractured skull, subsequent seizure disorder.

$4,300,000.00 - Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus

Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder.

$750,000.00 - Male, 35: Workers' compensation

Our client was changing a pump strainer on a hot air furnace when he stepped on a board and fell through the ceiling.
Injuries: Herniated disc which required surgery.


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