LAWSUIT - PRODUCT DEFECT
of Headrest or Head Restraint - Injuries
Many older pickup trucks lack a head rest or head restraint. If an occupant is
in collision or wreck and especially a rear end collision, then the lack of such
safety device can have devastating results. While most of us
take for granted the headrest in the vehicles of the 1990’s and 2000's, most
would be surprised to learn that many vehicles, especially pickup trucks lacked
this essential safety feature until the late 1980’s.
fact, head restraints research goes back to the 1920’s in which research by
the UP.SO. Navy concluded that head restraints reduced head injuries caused by
whiplash type movements from sudden acceleration of the head.
Later, in the 1960’s General Motors and other manufacturers tested and
concluded that head restraints were effective in restricting rearward head
movement and hyperextension. This was accomplished by a head restraint or a high
back seat; both proved effective in the reduction of injuries.
In fact today, all passenger vehicles and trucks are required by
FMVSS 202 to have head restraints.
Truck (light trucks) though were not required to have head restraints, in fact
the auto manufacturers fought to have them required, stating that there
was not enough research to justify the requirements of head restraints to
trucks. There arguments were
unfounded and flawed with inconsistencies. In
fact, GM sold optional high back seats in its full sized 1978 Chevy and GMC
pickup trucks, although unlike in its passenger car catalog, the head restraint
in a light truck was not described or identified as a safety feature. In
fact, the truck manufacturers argued that the rear window of the truck could
serve as a head restraint!
When will greed ever end.!
tests clearly showed that many times the driver and passenger dummies head
contacted not only the glass, but also the metal glass retaining header above
the rear window causing catastrophic head and neck injuries.
However, the truck manufacturers resisted such restraints as standard
equipment still arguing that safety studies were inconclusive, though many
foreign manufacturers equipped their trucks with these restraints for years
before. Finally, after strong public
demand, most various, light truck manufacturers made head restraint standard
equipment. The strong demand came shortly
after a Wall Street Journal article hit the streets, and brought the dangers of
no head restraints public.
Restraint Requirement- Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 202
in September 19, 1989, FMVSS #202 required head restraints in light trucks and
multi-purpose passengers vehicles was enacted, and became effective on September
1,1991. Unfortunately FMVSS # 202
came about 15 years too late for many thousands of persons seriously injured in
rear impacts in light trucks. If
only the Auto & Truck manufacturing had truly considered safety the number
one issue and not how to save $20-$30.00 per vehicle, then thousands of persons
would not had to have needlessly been left paralyzed, brain damaged or dead as a
result of the lack of this essential safety feature.
Headrest or Head Restraint System Lawsuits
left permanently and irreversibly brain damaged in GM pick up truck rear end
collision in which no head rest or head restraint was equipped The man's head
came into contact with the upper header of the rear window.
Texas man suffers a serious head
injury and neck injury from moderate rear end collision. His pickup truck lacked
any head rest to protect him.(See picture of our client's rear window below)
you or a loved one have been injured by a dangerous or defective product, then
call and talk to an experienced products liability trial attorney now. Call
us if we can help.! FREE
CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at 1-800-883-9858 or
1-800-468-4878 Toll Free