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Understanding Automotive Defects and Product Liability


When you use a product in the manner it was intended, you expect to do so without injury. This expectation applies to your car. Yet each day consumers are injured by defective automotive parts. Perhaps the most famous such case in recent times was the unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles resulting in several serious crashes.

If you have the misfortune to be injured by a defect in your car, the manufacturer of your vehicle can be held liable for all injuries and damage caused. Automotive products liability is the area of law that covers these types of injuries.

So far, many vehicle safety issue complaints have been filed involving:

  • Child safety seats
  • SUV and van rollovers
  • Airbag failure
  • Fuel-fed car fires
  • Defective seatbelts and restraint systems
  • Tire defects
  • Door latch failure
  • Steering
  • Electronic wiring
  • Sudden acceleration
  • Brakes

When a defect causes injury, the victim can sue the manufacturer. Where the car has a design flaw that is shown to have injured many other people, the victims may be able to bring an automotive product liability class action lawsuit.

Injuries in a car defect case are often serious or deadly and damages can be substantial. These types of cases are complex and require detailed preparation, analysis and testimony by experts in the field including engineers and consultants who can help prove the existence of the defect as well as value the fair compensation for your particular set of facts. To recover compensation you deserve, consult an experienced automotive defects attorney to file a product liability lawsuit.