Auto Defects

When you buy a car, you expect it to work properly.  Unfortunately, ever since cars and automobiles have been woven into the fabric of American life, they have been a source of injuries and accidents through things like improperly designed seat belts, tires that blow out, motorcycles that tremble when driven at high speeds, and vehicles that roll over due to a poor design.

Defects in cars or car parts may occur at the design stage or the manufacturing phase, or both.  Some of the most common problems with cars and car parts include defective tires, air bags, seat belts, malfunctioning accelerators or brakes, and inadequate roofs.

When an automobile company releases a subpar product, or a mechanic does an unsatisfactory job repairing your vehicle, you can end up getting injured in an accident on the road. Don’t let another person’s negligence put you in harm’s way.

What damages may be recovered if my car has been recalled by the manufacturer?

Auto defect cases can take the form of a single lawsuit, class action, and mass tort.  Our lawyers will investigate your claim and determine whether an automobile product liability lawsuit is appropriate.  If enough consumers have been harmed by the defective car or car component, a class action or mass tort action may be available.

The law mandates car makers and manufacturers of car parts and products to ensure their products are reasonably safe for consumers.  The law additionally requires manufacturers to recall products that have dangerous designs or defects.  Vehicles may also be deemed defective if they fail crashworthiness tests.  With a defective car, occupants suffer greater injuries than could reasonably be expected due to defective design or manufacturing.  Defects are sometimes the result of companies trying to save money or increase manufacturing speed.

Causing Serious Injuries:

  • Defective airbags
  • Car’s poor ability to withstand impacts during collisions (known as crashworthiness)
  • Failure by auto repair company to provide adequate repairs
  • Seatbelt failure
  • Faulty ignition
  • Faulty or defective aftermarket products (examples: handicapped accessibility additions, performance parts, fuel pumps, nitrous, suspension systems, turbos)
  • Electrical system failure
  • Brake defects
  • Sudden acceleration
  • Defective tires
  • Seat back failure during a wreck
  • Weak glass
  • Fire caused by defective fuel line/gas tank
  • Dangerous child safety seats
  • Gas pedals that become stuck
  • Door latch failure
  • Vehicles that are rollover prone
  • Defective or dangerous car body and frame
  • Faulty steering system
  • Leaky tire stem valves
  • Dangerous carbon monoxide emissions
  • Roof crush

After seatbelts, airbags are the most common safety device in automobiles across the country. Activating at moderate to high speeds at the moment of a crash, drivers count on these devices to protect them and cushion their impact if they are in a car accident. When these devices don’t function properly, however, they provide no protection or, in some cases, can put drivers in greater danger.

A lot of science and engineering goes into making an airbag work properly. A special mixture of chemicals inflates the bag rapidly, while special tethers help the airbag retain its proper shape. With so many pieces that can go wrong, it’s important to understand why some air bags malfunction when you’re pursuing compensation.

Poor design is the first risk factor for an airbag. For safety reasons, airbags should inflate upward and then outward when they release. If an airbag inflates outward first, it can increase the force of impact or hit the driver at an unexpected angle. Car manufacturers are responsible for installing safe airbags in their cars.

Faulty sensors or mechanisms mean your airbag might not inflate in the case of a crash. While you should always be wearing your seatbelt, as well, even with the proper precautions your head can be thrown into the dashboard or steering wheel, causing a skull fracture, concussion or facial injury. Both manufacturers and auto mechanics should advise you of any possible issues with your car’s crash sensors or safety devices.