Auto Manufacturer Liability

Auto accidents can occur for a variety of reasons.  Some of the more common explanations we consider when auto accidents occur are the drivers themselves, bad weather and hazardous roadways.  There are times when a defective part is the cause of the auto accident.  Defective parts may be things such as safety equipment or other auto parts which are not working properly.  When this is the case the results can be devastating.

Automobile manufacturer liabilityAll auto accidents can cause a stressful situation but if the accident was caused by a defective part, it is wise to seek legal advice and representation. Auto accident cases which involve defective parts can be very challenging from a legal standpoint.

What is considered an unsafe auto part?

According to the U.S. Code for Motor Vehicle Safety:  Title 49, Chapter 301 defines the term defect as follows:   “Defect” includes any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment.

There are many parts of an automobile which, if defective, can cause an auto accident.  Some examples of defective parts are:

  • Faulty Wheels– Including tires, rims and wheel parts that can crack, break or get stuck. Faulty tires can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle.
  • Faulty Air BagsTakata National Air Bag Recalls, check your vehicles VIN number to see if this relates to your vehicles
  • Defects with Accelerator or Breaks– Accelerators or breaks which stick or do not function properly.
  • Steering defect– Defects in steering column which cause loss of control.
  • Other vehicle defects– Any faulty parts or components of a vehicle which causes loss of control or cause harm to the passengers in the vehicle.

Recalls on Auto Products

There are a large variety of auto parts and products which must meet the standards set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The NHTSA creates and issues the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  These standards set forth minimum safety requirements for parts and products which are in most effect of the vehicles safe operation.

Manufacturing companies will typically initiate the recalls voluntarily but there are times when recalls are brought about from investigations by NHTSA.  Either way, the manufacturers are responsible for replacing and/or fixing the recalled parts and products at no cost to the vehicle owner.

Recalls on vehicles may be looked up by the VIN number on the NHTSA website.representing clients in a broad spectrum of cases

There are many factors involved in auto manufacturer liability cases and hiring an attorney with extensive knowledge and experience with these type of cases is extremely important.  At Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz our experienced team in these type of cases is here to help you.  Contact us today.