Can Manufacturers Be Sued For Defective Motor Vehicle Accidents?

Widespread manufacturing defects in motor vehicles endanger all motorists. If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a defective motor vehicle, you could have grounds for a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.

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When we’re driving, we assume that we can prevent accidents by driving safely, attentively, and obeying the rules of the road. But even responsible drivers can get into accidents caused by irresponsible ones, or in some cases, by defective vehicle parts. When a car, truck, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle has a dangerous defect, all motorists are in danger of being involved in an accident, even when no driver is at fault. Millions of automobiles are recalled each year for dangerous defects – in 2016, there was a record-high of 53.2 million vehicles recalled. Unfortunately, most recalls only occur after motorists have been injured in defect-related accidents.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident involving a defective vehicle or defective parts, it’s important to hold the manufacturer accountable. Product liability claims against these manufacturers help to compensate victims for their injuries, along with assessing punitive damages to punish manufacturers. These lawsuits encourage manufacturers to issue recalls and do more to ensure that their vehicles are safe before they hit the market. As more victims take legal action, the roads will become safer for all drivers as vehicles become safer.

Common Motor Vehicle Defects In Product Liability Lawsuits

Common Motor Vehicle Defects

Vehicle manufacturers and parts manufacturers can both be held liable for injuries caused by defects in their products. Some recent examples of major defects which have resulted in recalls include:

  • SUVs that are prone to roll-over accidents
  • Tires that are prone to blowouts
  • Motorcycles that become unstable at high speeds
  • Defective airbags
  • Defective child car seats
  • Defective seat belts
  • Ignition switch failure
  • Sudden unintended acceleration

If you’ve been injured in an accident you believe was caused by an auto defect, our Queens product liability lawyers are prepared to work with investigators and determine how the malfunction happened and which parties need to be held liable.

Honda Recalls 800,000 Odyssey Minivans After Injury Reportsblack minivan graphic

On November 18th, Honda issued a recall for about 800,00 Odyssey minivans in the U.S. because of a defect with locking adjustable seats into place. The recall includes models from 2011-2017, many of which have an issue with second-row seats tipping forward when not properly latched. The seats may tap forward during moderate to heavy braking.

The recall was issued in response to 46 reports of minor injuries received by Honda. A recall by mail is scheduled to begin in late December.

19 Automakers Issue Recalls For Defective Takata Airbags

19 different automakers have issued recalls replacing defective frontal airbags manufactured by Japanese company Takata. Most of the affected vehicles were manufactured between 2002-2015. Some of the manufacturing airbags have deployed explosively, resulting in serious and even fatal injuries to car occupants.

The airbag’s inflator is defective, which is a metal cartridge loaded with propellant wafers. Some inflators have ruptured during accidents, causing metal shards to spray throughout the interior of the vehicle. The National Highway Transportation Authority has determined that airbags which use ammonium nitrate-based propellent without a chemical drying agent are the source of the defect. Environmental moisture, high temperatures, and age all increase the likelihood of an airbag explosion.

As of July 2017, there have been 11 deaths and approximately 180 injuries caused by this defect in the U.S. Over 42 million vehicles are expected to be recalled for this defect, with a total of between 65 million and 70 million airbags recalled.

In November 2017, Takata reached a $741 million settlement for consumer class action lawsuits over these defective airbags.

Filing A Product Liability Lawsuit For Defective Auto Injuries

If you got into an accident which you believe may have been caused by an auto defect, suffered injuries in a defective airbag explosion, or were otherwise injured in an accident caused by a defective or dangerous vehicle, our Bronx personal injury lawyers are here to help. We’re proud to help victims and hold manufacturers liable when innocent auto owners are injured or killed in accidents caused by defects. To learn more about seeking financial support from manufacturers of defective vehicles and parts, get in touch with us today for a free consultation.