New York Automotive Defects Attorney
There are three main categories for defective product cases. They are 1) Design defects, flaws in the design of the product; 2) Manufacturing defects, specific defects that occur during the manufacturing process of a product; and 3) Failure to warn consumers of the potential dangers and risks of the product. If you were injured due to an automotive product defect, it is important to obtain the assistance of an experienced automotive defects attorney.
Defective Products in Automobiles
Motor vehicle defect claims may be based on defects in the body and frame, brakes and braking system, cooling and temperature control system, electrical system, engine assembly, exhaust system, fuel system, lubrication system, passenger compartment, steering and suspension systems, transmission and drivetrain, and other parts and accessories.
A vehicle manufacturer or seller’s liability for a car defect is controlled by the doctrine of strict liability. Regardless of what steps a manufacturer or dealer says it takes in designing, assembling, or handling a motor vehicle, you can make a strict liability claim based on a motor vehicle defect — without making any showing as to negligence– if all three of the following conditions exist:
1) The vehicle or one of its components had an “unreasonably dangerous” defect that injured you. The defect can come into existence either in the design of the vehicle, during manufacture, during handling or shipment (i.e. delivery from the manufacturer), or through a failure to warn consumers of a dangerous aspect of the vehicle. 2) The defect caused an injury while the vehicle was being used in a way that it was intended to be used. 3) The vehicle had not been substantially changed from the condition in which it was originally sold.
Motor vehicle defects include:
- Airbags – Defective airbags include those that deploy with too much force, deploy in minor collisions when they are not otherwise needed, or fail to deploy under circumstances in which they should.
- Sudden unintended acceleration – occurs when a vehicle uncontrollably accelerates when a vehicle is shifted into drive or reverse.
- Tires – Poor tire shoulder design can lead to tread separation causing a serious accident.
- Rollovers – The high center of gravity and relatively narrow wheelbase of SUVs increase their susceptibility to rollover.
- Seatbelts – Some automatic shoulder belts are poorly designed and have been known to decapitate or otherwise seriously injure occupants when not used properly. Some seat belts have even been known to separate from their base upon impact, thus providing no protection to the occupant.
- Passenger ejection – A passenger can be ejected due to faulty seat belts, collapsing seat backs and rollovers.
- Crashworthiness and design – Several examples are exploding gas tanks and design flaws that fail to properly protect passengers during a crash.
See monthly motor vehicle recall reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
There is a death caused by a motor vehicle accident occurring every 13 minutes. People from ages 1 to 33 are more likely to die from a car accident than anything else. More than twenty-five percent of Americans have been involved in a car accident in the last five years. If you have been in an automobile accident anywhere in New York State, including: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island call the New York City accident law firm of Leandros A.Vrionedes.
Speak To An Automotive Defects Attorney
Motor vehicle defect claims may be based on defects in the body and frame, brakes and braking system, cooling and temperature control system, electrical system, engine assembly, exhaust system, fuel system, lubrication system, passenger compartment, steering and suspension systems, transmission and drivetrain, and other parts and accessories. A vehicle manufacturer or seller’s liability for a car defect is controlled by the doctrine of strict liability. If you’ve been injured by an automotive product defect, schedule a consultation with a defective product lawyer of Leandros A. Vrionedes, P.C. today.