Defective Airplane Seat Alleged To Cause Crash

Between 1960 and 1995, an aircraft manufacturer designed and sold fixed-wing aircraft. These seats were designed with steel pins that inserted into the aluminum rails to allow for seat adjustment. However, allegations surfaced that the combination of aluminum and steel together caused the rails to wear, resulting in the pilot seat slipping. As a result, several accidents were reported, including fatalities, which occurred over a 20-year period. The Federal Aviation Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board have investigated these incidents.

The manufacturer in these instances claimed that there was no defect, refusing to acknowledge any responsibility. Swartz & Swartz, P.C. successfully represented two victims of such a defect, fighting a long battle for justice culminating in a jury trial in Massachusetts seeking compensatory damages. Negotiations with the manufacturer after weeks of testimony led to a gross settlement totaling $1.7 million. See the news reports at:

The law firm of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. has successfully represented victims of hazardous products. If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product, call our law office at (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. You may also reach us by email at

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz, P.C.Permalink

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