It is believed that the average American spends roughly two and a half hours each day in their car. That means that a typical Nashville resident drives around for approximately 17 ½ hours each week. In contrast, a commercial truck driver can be on the road for 70 hours per week, easily logging over 500 miles a day. While it is imperative that auto manufacturers maintain strict industry standards on all motor vehicles, an auto defect affecting a heavy-duty truck has an increased likelihood of causing injury or damage simply because the truck is being operated more.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced a recall of over 30,000 trucks due to a defective seatbelt that was reportedly made by IMMI. While the recalls have affected some Mack and Volvo Trucks models, more than 80 percent of the faulty restraints were put in heavy-duty trucks made by Daimler Trucks North America. The specific models concerned include 2014 Western Star and Freightliner units.
According to reports, a problem with the buckles has made many of the seatbelts difficult to unfasten. A number of the vehicle owners have already been contacted about this issue; IMMI says they will replace the flawed parts at no charge.
To date there have been no injuries associated with this problem; however, it is crucial that all motor vehicles have properly working safety gear at all times given that a seatbelt that won’t unlatch can possibly prevent a motorist from escaping their vehicle if necessary. Anyone who has been harmed by a negligent auto product should consider contacting a lawyer for assistance.
Source: Transport Topics, “Truck Makers Issue Recall for Defective Seat Belts,” Jan. 2, 2014, Michael G. Malloy