Design and manufacturing defects in auto parts and equipment in cars and trucks can cause catastrophic crashes on the road.
If you own a car or truck that has a manufacturer defect, you could be risking your life and others if you get into an accident. Conversely, you could be hit by another vehicle that suffers an equipment malfunction while on the road.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a car’s equipment failure, you may be within your rights to file a claim against the car manufacturer or designer. The lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm might be able to help you win a favorable financial settlement. Call our team today at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation from a Los Angeles defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer.
Some awards could include compensation for losses like:
- Past and future medical bills
- Car repair costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
Liability of Defective Auto Equipment
Due to the number of factors involved, product liability cases involving automobiles and auto components can become complicated. The car manufacturer, the manufacturer of a defective part, and even a used car dealer or auto shop might be involved. The following are types of defects your car could have:
- Defect in manufacturing: The underlying design was deemed not dangerous, but the product failed to work when it was in use, due to an error during the auto manufacturing process. These errors could take place anywhere in the automotive components supply chain, from the braking systems to the tires used on the car. The liability for this manufacturing defect could lie in a number of places along the supply chain.
- Defect in design: Filing a claim for a design defect argues that the auto manufacturer designed the auto component in an unsafe manner. By doing so, the claimant must prove that it created a hazard that could cause harm or injury to the vehicle operator.
- Defect in warning: Limited or inadequate warning labels can also be the basis for a claim. If manufacturers knew about certain issues with some of the auto’s components, but did not warn the user, the manufacturer could be held liable for damages because of warning defects.
The National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration has a searchable recalls website to find out if your type of car has been recalled for defective parts or components.
Recalls by manufacturers for automotive parts happen fairly frequently. Drivers only notice it when our car or truck needs a piece repaired.
When auto manufacturers put out a call for a repair to a faulty equipment piece in the car or truck, it is your responsibility to respond to that call if you are driving one of the vehicles. Otherwise, you may be risking your life and inviting liability by driving a vehicle that may have an equipment malfunction, and that could cause accidents on the road.
Just recently, Subaru announced a recall starting June 5, 2020, to fix a defective fuel pump that appears to cause the car’s running engine to stall or not even start. Models impacted in the recall include 2019 Subaru hatchbacks, sedans, wagons, and SUVs under the Impreza, Outback, and Ascent model names. Subaru announced that it would replace the fuel pump with a redesigned fuel pump for free, starting June 5, 2020.
A similar recall occurred with the new 2020 Toyota Highlanders, in which the automatic stop and start feature is causing Highlander models to stall while in motion. As expected, this could be fairly dangerous when cruising at 70mph on a highway.
Anyone of these types of equipment defects could cause a serious accident. If you have been involved in a serious accident and can point to an equipment defect by the manufacturer, it may be beneficial to you to hire a Los Angeles defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer to assist in filing a personal injury claim to cover costs and damages related to your accident.
For a free legal consultation with a Defective Design or Manufacture of Vehicles or Vehicle Components Accidents Lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Car and Truck Manufacturing Defects
In regular personal injury claims involving automobiles and drivers, there is often a fault found for negligence on the part of one driver or another. In claims involving manufacturing defects or design faults for auto accidents, claims can be more complicated.
It is worth noting that the driver and any injured passengers do not have to prove carelessness when trying to establish the liability for a manufacturer’s car defect. Defects can occur in these equipment areas of the automobile:
- Individual brakes/braking system
- Fuel system
- The car’s engine parts
- Lubrication system
- Electrical system
- Exhaust system
- The outer body and exterior frame
- The A/C and heating system
- Steering and suspension systems
- Transmission, drivetrain, and other parts and accessories
Auto warranties usually cover free replacements or repairs for the first one to two years for an owner of a certified used or new car.
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Consulting a Vehicle Components Lawyer
Drivers of cars and trucks with manufacturing or design defects who have gotten into a serious car crash accident may benefit from having a legal team help them file a negligence claim while they focus on recuperating from their injuries.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to see how a Los Angeles defective design or manufacture of vehicles or vehicle components lawyer could help. We might be able to help you figure out what happened in the accident and formulate a claim on your behalf to try to win you a financial settlement.