Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica eight-passenger minivans from the United States and Canada for malfunctioning seatbelts. During driving, engineers discovered that rapid side-to-side motions, similar to those made in sudden lane changes, could cause the center belt buckle to unlatch and consequently release the passenger.
Fiat Chrysler is advising owners of the Chrysler Pacifica owners to not use the second-row center seat if other passengers are in that row. According to documents posted by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is slated to begin in late October, 2017.
Products liability imposes strict liability on a manufacturer of an unreasonably dangerous product that is the producing cause of a plaintiff’s injuries. Although the plaintiff must prove that the product was defective when it left the control of the manufacturer, the recall eliminates the need to prove this element.
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