U.S. Forensic provides fast and accurate answers to challenging cases. Our experts can evaluate automotive systems and components to determine if failure or fire occurred due to a manufacturing defect, service or repair, lack of maintenance, or operator error. Our failure analysis can determine the source of:
- Sudden Acceleration
- Steering Failures
- Tire Failures
- Seat Belt Failures
- Fuel System Contamination
- Airbag Deployment
Expert in Seat Belts and Restraints
Mr. Matthew Ivory, P.E. designed and conducted crash tests for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Safety Administration, and the U.S. Department of State. He has evaluated and tested restraint systems, vehicle components, amusement park rides, and helmets. “Steering columns Loads and Upper Extremity Motions during Low Impact Speed Rear-End Collisions,” authored by Mr. Ivory and his colleagues, is featured in Rear Impact, Rollover, and Side Impacts, a technical publication of the Society of Automotive Engineers. In addition to product liability evaluations, his forensic experience includes vehicle accident reconstruction, biomechanical analysis, and human factor analysis.
Chevrolet, Ford, and Chrysler are car manufacturers you may have guessed were the first ones to offer seat belts. However, it was Nash Motors Company, a car manufacturer in Kenosha, Wisconsin that equipped vehicles with seat belts. Nash’s innovations included the heating and ventilation system (1938) still used today, unibody construction (1941), and seat belts (1950).