Most safety experts would agree that seatbelts saves lives.

In fact, it usually is the reason why some car accident victims survive situations that would have otherwise killed them.

One of the most common causes of fatal car accidents is car ejection and statistics shows us that wearing seatbelt drastically reduces that possibility by 70%.

That is how important wearing seatbelt is in saving our lives.

However, as much as it can save lives, it can also be the cause of personal injuries.

That is if the seatbelt that you are using has design flaws or other defects that can hamper its ability to protect you.

That is why there have been lawsuits filed against manufacturing companies for injuries caused by seatbelt accidents.

Some of the most common seatbelt design flaw or safety defects that you should watch out for are the following:

· Defective mechanical component – This defect severely affects the effectiveness of the seatbelt as the occupant ends up only partially restrained or unrestrained at all. Having a defective mechanical component is almost like having no seatbelt at all.

· Defective retractor component – This defect results in a slack in the seat belt where the occupant can end up moving off the seat during a collision. A loose seatbelt can cause serious injuries in a major car accident.

· Lap belt only – A lap only seatbelt is not as effective as those with lap and shoulder harness belts. Lap only seatbelts does not provide restraint to the upper body and can easily lead to whiplash injuries during a collision.

· Shoulder harness only – Some cars automatically puts the shoulder harness into the driver after ignition. However, most of these cars do not include the lap belt. You would have to manually strap the lap belt, which are usually forgotten by the driver. If a lap only seatbelt is dangerous, then a harness only seatbelt is doubly so. Shoulder harnesses are only effective in combination with the lap belt. The lap belt holds the lower body in place while the harness restrains the upper body.

· Incompatible lap and shoulder restraints – A lap belt and a shoulder harness that are not designed with each other my not provide the same protection as those that are manufactured and designed together.

If you have been injured in a seatbelt accident, you should consult a car accident lawyer who has handled defective car or car parts cases against manufacturing companies.