Auto defects fall under the product liability laws. Companies are responsible for safely and appropriately designing, manufacturing, and marketing products to keep consumers safe. Auto defects claims arise when companies fail to ensure consumer safety and that failure causes injury. At Powers Injury Law, we handle cases involving defects and failures in all of the various components that make up a motor vehicle.
Top Auto Defects that Cause Injuries
In 2016, auto manufacturers recalled 53.2 million vehicles – a new record. A defect can occur anywhere in the vehicle, making the entire piece of equipment unsafe. Some of the most common types of defects reported in the US include:
- Brake defects. Brake failures can leave drivers without a way to stop a vehicle. On hills and at intersections in particular, this type of failure can cause a serious or deadly accident.
- Tire defects. Tires can blow or quickly lose their treads if not properly manufactured. An unexpected blowout or slick tire can cause a vehicle to slide or stop without warning and contribute to an accident.
- Airbag defects. One of the largest and most dangerous recalls in automotive history involved Takata airbag components installed in thousands of vehicles. Airbags can inflate unexpectedly or launch debris during the inflation process causing injuries.
- Electronics defects. Modern vehicles need working electronic systems to perform a number of functions. Electronics defects can affect the security of the vehicle, cause a fire, or cause a performance malfunction.
- Steering column defects. The inability to steer a vehicle leaves drivers without much control. They can accelerate or stop but cannot direct the vehicle to safety. In certain conditions, steering malfunctions – like brake malfunctions – can lead a vehicle directly into the path of oncoming vehicles or in front of a stationary object.
Injuries associated with auto defects may include burns, impalement, blunt force trauma, fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and more. Any of these defects can lead to performance issues and cause single vehicle or multi-vehicle accidents, including rollovers.
Proving Auto Defect Claims
In an auto defect product liability claim, the injured individual/plaintiff must prove a hazardous defect existed when the part left the manufacturer or distributor, that the plaintiff suffered measurable harm, and that the defect proximally caused the harmful incident. When our firm takes on your case, we investigate every detail to determine liability and request fair compensation.
Our team will explore the design, manufacture, and marketing of a product to determine where the flaw existed and identify the liable party. Vehicle manufacturers aren’t the only possible liable parties in an auto defect claim. In addition, the branded auto-maker and stock or aftermarket manufacturers may bear responsibility for an automotive defect. Many vehicle owners use aftermarket installations in repairs and replacement work.
Finding an Auto Defect Attorney
When auto defects cause serious injuries or death, you need an experienced and dedicated personal injury attorney on your side. Until enough problems force an automotive company to issue a recall, these firms will try to settle claims unfairly and fight against liability in court. At Powers Injury Law, we have the resources and the capabilities to prove product liability in auto defect claims and to pursue your right to fair compensation.
Some auto defect cases clearly tie to a defective part. Others start out as routine car accident claims and turn into defective product claims during the investigation. After any car accident or car-related injury, reach out to our office for a free case evaluation. Other Birmingham attorneys offer auto defect services, but none will represent you with the same power, conviction, and knowledge as Jessica Powers. Contact us today at (205) 582-2723 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.