There have been nearly 400 million vehicles recalled for design defects since the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. That’s a huge number, and it might lead one to believe that there are millions of cars out there that are being poorly made. However, at Levin & Perconti we choose to look at the glass half full; our lawyers see this huge number as a sign that regulatory agencies and automotive companies alike are doing what is right, working hard to correct potentially dangerous errors and keep our nation’s drivers safe. Automotive recalls have saved countless lives, and continue to be a crucial cog in the building of company-client trust. Still, sometimes defects go undetected or are ignored, and this can lead to serious consequences for companies and victims alike.
Product liability lawsuits focus on recovering compensation for injuries and deaths that have been caused by dangerous and defective products. This can mean negligence on the part of a manufacturer, a seller, or a multitude of other parties, but when these accidents do happen, they can have severe and life altering affects on their victims. Thousands of people are injured annually because of design defects in vehicles, trailers, and other aspects of automotive equipment. Our attorneys are very proud of the fact that we have not only recovered substantial settlements for our clients, but that we have also aided in the removal of many dangerous products from the market to prevent them from causing any further injuries or suffering.
There is a wide range of potential defects that can be harmful to drivers and passengers, but here are some of the most common:
• Failure of airbags or airbag electronics to deploy in a timely manner, resulting in greater force of impact and serious injuries.
• Door latch failures, which sometimes cause doors to open during an accident and eject passengers.
• Defective gas tanks or fuel lines, leading to fuel fed fires.
• Glass breakage, which is often caused by weak glass glazing, and which may allow occupants to be ejected from a vehicle in an accident.
• Rollover accidents caused by vehicles that are extremely prone to rolling over. This is often a reason for SUV automotive recalls.
• Weak roofs, which can collapse on occupants in the even of a rollover accident.
• Seat belt failures, which can cause seat belts to unlatch, tear, spool out, or otherwise fail to keep occupants safe during an accident.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dangerous or defective product, or if you are the survivor of someone who has lose their life because of such an incident, it is important that you get a legal team with experience to fight for your rights. Our lawyers are always available for a free consultation, and if we accept your case you won’t pay unless we recover your compensation.