Posted on: August 5, 2011
Car seat warmers may get a little too warm for some people, according to reports the warmers are actually burning consumers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now analyzing reports of the burn risks to determine if car seat heaters pose “an unreasonable risk to safety,” according to news reports .
NHTSA said it will begin an investigation into whether or not seat heaters that “exceed human tolerance” are unsafe and warrant a vehicle defect recall.
The investigation involves at least 150 reports of people sustaining injuries related to the convenience feature, according to news reports. Many burn victims reportedly got third-degree burns from sitting in a car seat where the heater reached 120 degrees in one spot. According to burn experts, 105 degrees is the maximum safe temperature.
As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I think it’s important for car manufactures to pay attention to this potential personal injury risk. Some car manufacturers, including General Motors, have seat-heater warnings in their newer-model cars, but most vehicles do not. I hope the NHTSA is able to complete a thorough investigation on this safety hazard and make necessary warnings or changes if necessary.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a vehicle malfunction issue, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .