Product liability lawsuits are those that 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.
Yesterday, under pressure from U.S. federal regulatory agencies, the automotive manufacturer Chrysler has announced that it will recall and replace driver’s side airbags in 3.3 million older model vehicles around the world, including nearly 3 million cars and trucks in the United States. Previously, Chrysler had planned to limit its recalls to vehicles owned and operated in high humidity climates, such as Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, etc., due to the weather contributing to ruptured airbags, which can explode suddenly and send shrapnel into drivers and other individuals in the car. At present 10 automakers around the world have recalled cars and trucks for design defects related to Tataka airbags, and there may be more recalls to come. (CNN Money)
Thousands of people are injured annually because of design defects in vehicles, trailers, and other aspects of automotive equipment. Our Illinois personal injury lawyers 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 lost their life because of such an incident, it is important that you hire a legal team with experience to fight for your rights. Our lawyers are always available for a free consultation, and if we choose to take your case you won’t pay unless we recover compensation for the harms caused to you.