When a 2013 Altima was involved in a crash, the passenger in its reclined front seat suffered a traumatic brain injury, lacerated liver and spleen, and numerous broken bones. A lawsuit filed against the car’s manufacturer, Nissan, alleged that product defects were to blame, and the litigation resulted in Nissan agreeing to compensate the passenger for his life-changing injuries.
The passenger, age 25, was wearing his seat belt when the Altima was contacted on the driver’s side by a pickup and then traveled sideways into a traffic pole.
Rob Ammons claimed the Altima was defective because its front passenger seat can be used in an unsafe reclined position while the car is in motion. “This defect has caused preventable injuries to front seat passengers for decades,” says Ammons. It was also alleged that the Altima’s seat belts do not maintain an occupant safely within a reclined seat in the event of a crash, and the side impact airbag does not protect a passenger sitting in a reclined seat.
The young man sought compensation for damages which included over $300,000 in past medical expenses and also projected future treatment and life care costs of $11 Million. The case was featured on the news – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwTWo3UJrKQ.
The Ammons Law Firm has a nationwide personal injury practice focusing on tire defects, truck accidents, rollovers, consumer protection and product liability, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, post-collision fires, seat belt defects, air bag defects and plant explosions.