Injuries caused by a defective vehicle are not uncommon in the United States, despite all of the safety regulations and federal oversight that is theoretically designed to protect consumers. In a number of cases, serious and devastating accidents are either caused or dramatically worsened due to defective or malfunctioning vehicles or auto products like airbags, brakes, pedals, warning sensors, gas tanks, and more.
Holding the appropriate person, company, or entity responsible for accidents caused by defective vehicles can be complicated and often requires the assistance of a qualified attorney who has experience handling these types of claims. In these cases, the responsible party may be some combination of auto manufacturers, repair shops, or other corporations, and the legal process for recovering compensation from these parties is no easy battle.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries as the result of a defective auto part or vehicle, contact the experienced attorneys at Davis Law Group for a free case review. We will use our extensive knowledge and resources to achieve the best possible results for you and your family.
Common Auto Defect Issues
There are dozens of recalled vehicles and auto parts in the United States every year. In most cases, recalls are issued because a particular vehicle or product poses a safety risk to the general public. Common examples of auto defects that typically result in serious, life-threatening injuries include:
- Brake Failure
- Airbag Malfunction
- Seat Belt Unlatching
- Door Latch Failure
- Exploding Gas Tanks
- Faulty Pedals
- Malfunctioning Warning Systems
- Poorly-Designed Tires & Wheels
There is no telling or predicting which vehicles or products may eventually be determined to be unsafe for motorists, which is why it is important for companies to properly communicate potential issues and recalls to consumers in a timely manner. Auto makers should be held responsible for any injuries or death which is the result of a motor vehicle defect. Vehicle manufacturers must produce safe cars and trucks that are free from defects that can injure driver or passengers.
Airbag Failure Statistics
- General Motors (GM) recalled a record 48 million vehicles in 2014 due to a variety of defective parts and products.
- 1997 was the worst year for airbag-related deaths and injuries when 53 people died including 31 children.
- Airbags have killed 264 people since NHTSA became keeping a record of the deaths and injuries.