There is a longstanding problem with automobiles that most people are not aware of that was recently discussed in a MyFoxLA report in Los Angeles. When you are rear-ended, even at a low speed, you are thrown backwards. You expect your car seat to hold you, but beneath the plush seating, most car seats have a frame that is no more stable than an aluminum beach chair. Under federal regulation 207, the chair seats do not have to be any more structurally sound than that, although some auto manufacturers choose to make car seats stronger, such as Mercedes and Sebring.
What can happen is that the car seat breaks from the frame in a rear-end collision and collapses straight back. The story talks to Jacqueline Romine who was thrown backward in a rear-end collision. Her head went into the back seat and she broke her neck in four places. She is now a paraplegic. Stephanie Collins was rear-ended and her head went back into the chest of her 9-year-old daughter killing her by tearing her aorta.
95% of all vehicles on the road all have the defect – the weakness of the frames and gears in car seats – because they meet the NHTSA regulation 207. The cost to fix the seats- about $5 to $6 dollars a car say safety experts. If you or a loved one has been injured in a front seat collapse you would be well-advised to consult with a Florida car defect injury attorney to determine if the car you were riding in had a defective seat that could so easily have been fixed.