Has anyone had a problem with the 2015 KIA Forte? My son was killed in December in a one vehicle accident. Witness said the car jerked and started flipping. He was ejected. Seatbelt may have malfuncti

Asked by Jun 22, 2015 at 12:38 AM about the 2015 Kia Forte

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2015 Kia Forte-what could have caused my son to lose control, start flipping, be ejected?
He was a fireman who always wore a seatbelt yet they claim he wasn't wearing one?

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Very sorry for your loss!! Since the witness stated that the vehicle "jerked" then your Son lost control it sounds like something mechanical locked up. Perhaps the brakes, the gears in the rear, or possibly a transmission failure. Since your Son was thrown from the vehicle he either wasn't wearing the seat belt or it came unbuckled during the accident. If your Son was a big guy the belt may have failed. Vehicle seat weight standards, established in 1968 and still in place today, are 150 pounds per seating position. Since there was a death involved I would hope that both the Police and your insurance company did a thorough investigation of the vehicle. They should have looked very carefully for any kind of mechanical failure. Be sure that they did. Just because it was a new vehicle does not mean that there was not a mechanical failure. A few years ago one of the delivery drivers at my job was involved in a head on collision when another car came into his lane. A 9 year old child in the other car was killed. The Police impounded both vehicles and we didn't get our delivery truck back for nearly a year after the accident. Again, I'm very sorry for your Son's death and hope this can somehow help you. - Jim

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