Automotive manufacturers and retailers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the products they market. If a manufacturer or retailer fails to adequately warn consumers of potential risks associated with their products, they can be held liable for a personal injury sustained as a result of contact with the faulty product. Products liability law is designed to protect consumers and to provide financial assistance to victims injured by faulty products.
Products liability holds companies responsible for the safety of a wide range auto related products such as faulty tires, airbags, roof crush, and seat belts.
Car owners have the right to assume that the tires placed on their automobile are high quality and safe. After all, the safety of every passenger in the vehicle relies on the tires to perform adequately. In cases where faulty tires are placed on a vehicle and those tires lead to the death or injuries of the passengers, the manufacturer of the tires may be held liable. In some cases, the dealership that sold the car may also be responsible. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident resulting from faulty tires, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Seat Belt Failure
Seat belts, when used properly, are designed to provide protection against serious injuries and death. Consumers who use their seat belts have a right to believe that the seat belts will work properly during a car accident. When the seat belt does not function correctly, and this leads to the death or injury of a citizen, the manufacturer of the car or the dealership may be responsible.
Vehicle Rollovers / Roof Crush
When a vehicle rolls over, it is almost certain that injuries will be involved. In serious cases, these injuries may be critical and even result in death. Sport utility vehicles, because of their off-balance construction, are the most prone to rollover accidents. Also, when vehicles roll over, the roof can crush if it is not made sufficiently crush-proof. In such cases, when the vehicle rolls over, the passengers will be exposed to the impact and receive much more serious injuries. Vehicle rollover lawsuits have been brought against manufacturers of the automobile for failing to disclose the vehicle’s inherent danger and also against other motorists who cause or neglect to prevent a rollover from occurring.
Airbags inflate at close to 200 mph with the intention of protecting passengers from harmful impact during an auto accident. However, if the airbag does not function properly by not fully inflating or deploying at the wrong time, it becomes a danger. Common injuries sustained during airbag malfunction can include eye damage, concussion, or death, especially for smaller or younger drivers or riders. If the airbag proves faulty, citizens are eligible to receive compensation for their injuries.
Filing a Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured or harmed because of a defective automotive product you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced auto defect attorney today to learn more about your legal rights.