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Seat Belt in 93 Mazda mx3 Unbuckled, Spinal Injuries


Doe sued Mazda Motor Corp.Mazda Motor of America, Inc., and Tokai Rika Co., Ltd., for products liability, claiming design defect in the seat belt system, which was manufactured by Tokai Rika, based in Japan, and failure to warn.  Doe also named Casas in the suit for her negligent operation, claiming that she failed to yield the right of way, causing the collision and injury to Doe, but not the enhanced injuries sustained as a result the seat belt’s default.

On the products liability claim, Doe’s lawyer argued that the belt failed because the power torso belt track was not strong enough.  His attorney noted that this defect was known to Mazda, which recalled the seat belt system.  Doe’s attorney further argued that the belt system failed to perform its role in transmitting forces from the belt anchor to its pillar attachment; that it failed to move the emergency release to the rearmost, fully-latched position; and that the system failed to meet applicable federal safety standards.

Doe suffered permanent injuries to his spine that required surgery. His medical expenses totaled $164,000.

RESULT: Mazda, Tokai Rika and Casas settled for a confidential amount.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, contact the Houston seat belt defect attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Rob Ammons is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Rob Ammons’ law practice, The Ammons Law Firm, is located in Houston, Texas. The Ammons Law Firm practice is exclusively personal injury law, handling such cases as: tire defects, oil rig explosions, truck accidents, plant explosions, refinery accidents, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, airbag defects, SUV rollovers and workplace negligence.

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