The discussion at CIC did not focus on the lawsuit, but rather on how the incident has impacted the Seebachans. Marcia recovered more quickly than Matthew though her injuries were severe: broken arm, wrist, femur, feet and pelvis, perforated intestines, and torn aorta lining. She required several surgeries to repair the tendons that attach her skull to her spine.
Matthew’s severe burns, particularly on his lower legs, required more than two years of daily wound cleaning. He’s been unable to return to work nor continue his training to become a registered nurse. The couple has had to give up on their plans to become foster parents.
Marcia Seebachan said as a clinical social worker, she must adhere to a code of ethics that requires her to use only evidence-based practices with clients. That makes it even more difficult for her to fathom why anyone would use a practice in their field – such as a repair procedure – without evidence and research that it is effective and appropriate.
That’s why the Seebachans testified in favor of legislation proposed in Texas earlier this year that, if passed, would have required the use of OEM repair procedures. Marcia Seebachan said that the second or third or subsequent owners of a vehicle deserve the same assurances the original owner had of that vehicle’s engineered safety.
“If you’re going to tell me this repair work is as good or better than the original design, then you should be able to show evidence to support that,” she said.
CIC Chairman Jeff Peevy, who along with his wife, Marie, conducted the 40-minute conversation with the Seebachans at CIC, said his goal was to let the industry get to know the people they likely had previously only read about.
“This is really about human impact as a result of bad decisions,” Peevy said. “Every one of us in this industry is in a position to make decisions. Those decisions impact people and their vehicles, their families and their safety.