Product liability cases seek to help compensate those that have been injured due to defective products. Automobile product liability cases often involve serious or fatal injuries caused by things like failing brakes or faulty tires. Parts and vehicle manufacturers and others involved in the motor vehicle industry may be held liable for putting an unsafe product on the market.
There are two main kinds of motor vehicle product liability cases: defectively manufactured vehicles or parts and vehicles that have been dangerously designed. When a vehicle or vehicle part has been defectively manufactured, this means that they were not made as they were designed. If the manufacturing flaws led to injuries, a products liability claim may arise. When a vehicle is unreasonably dangerous in its design, the vehicle and its parts may have been made as designed, but the design was flawed, making the product unreasonably dangerous.
Some of the most common automobile product liability cases involve:
- Defective tires: Defectively made or designed tires lead to tire blowouts and rollovers. Treat separation is a common result of poor tire design. This happens when a tire tread separates. When the tire tread separates, there will be the loss of vehicle control and a resulting accident.
- Faulty airbags: Airbags that fail to deploy or deploy at the wrong time can lead to serious injuries. This safety feature is supposed to protect a vehicle occupant from injury, but a faulty airbag can increase the chance of injury to a vehicle occupant.
- Defective seat belts: In some instances, a seat belt will fail to properly restrain the vehicle occupant. The belt may “spool out” instead of restricting the individual. This means that the person will not be held in his or her seat but will be thrown around in the vehicle or out of the vehicle upon impact.
- Fuel system flaws: This is a common vehicle design defect. In some vehicles, the fuel tank is incorrectly positioned and puts the fuel system at a greater risk of impact in the event of a crash. Additionally, flaws in the manufacturing of the fuel system, such as welding failures, can lead to accidents.
- Roof collapses: Failure to build or design a vehicle with a strong roof support system means that the roof is likely to collapse if the vehicle were to get into an accident.
- Defective door latch: Either through the flaw in design or flaw in manufacturing, a door latch will sometimes fail in the event of a crash. In these instances, the door latch will fail to secure the door putting the vehicle occupant at risk of being ejected from the car.
- Defective seat back: In some crashes, rear impact, in particular, a seat back will not remain secure. It will instead fall backward on impact.
Defective products on the market pose a risk to the general public. Those products that relate to cars pose a particularly significant threat because of the devastating injuries that can occur when the defective vehicle causes of plays a roll in motor vehicle crashes. If you have been injured due to a defective automobile, contact our product liability attorneys today.