Product liability is a branch of personal injury law that deals primarily with dangerous and defective products put (or kept) on the market because of negligent manufacturers. Since 1966, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has required companies and affiliates to recall nearly 400 million motor vehicles, 46 million tires and 66 million other components to correct potentially dangerous auto design defects and keep consumers safe while on the road.
Earlier this month, a consumer alert was released pertaining to the following recalled General Motors vehicles and model years:
• 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt
• 2007 Pontiac G5 • 2003-2007 Saturn Ion • 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR • 2006-2007 Pontiac Solstice
• 2007 Saturn Sky
The NHTSA recalled each of these vehicles for ignition switch problems, and they are urging owners to follow GM recommendations to immediately stop using heavy key rings on ignition keys, and to use only the ignition key with nothing else attached to it when starting one’s car until repairs can be made. The federal safety agency has opened a further investigation into the timetable of General Motors’ recall of the faulty ignition components for the above vehicles, and says they will continue to monitor consumer outreach as the recall process continues. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; safercar.gov)
Strict product liability laws apply to car accidents caused or worsened by automobile design defects, which can be caused by any number of problems, including errors in manufacturing, or improper directions and insufficient warnings. Because insurance companies and juries are also strict in their evaluation of whether someone should receive compensation for harm caused by these accidents, it is important to have an experienced and dedicated legal team on your side.
Our lawyers have handled a wide range of design defect and product liability lawsuits, and we are particularly proud of the changes our contributions have made in this field. Not only have we recovered many substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients, we have helped to remove dangerous defective products from the market, ensuring that people are protected from any further pain or suffering. In one such case, we filed suit against a major car manufacturer whose improperly designed fuel delivery system exacerbated a fuel-fed fire after a collision, resulting in the deaths of several occupants. Working with the victims’ families, our attorneys were able to secure a $3 million settlement, holding the manufacturer accountable and ensuring that the problem would be addressed in the future.
If you have been the victim of an injury caused or worsened by a product defect, or if you are a survivor of a loved one who may have lost their life from the use or exposure to a dangerous product, call us now to explore your legal options.