Understanding Product Liability for Automotive Defects


While many auto accidents occur as a result of human error and negligence, many others are caused by automotive defects. The National Traffic and Motor Safety Vehicle Act permits the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue recalls on vehicles when serious safety defects are found. Since the law’s enactment in 1966, over 390 million vehicles and more than 46 million tires have been recalled due to safety defects.

Defective seat belts, defective airbags, automobiles with poor crashworthiness, and vehicles with poor rollover strength are all types of automotive defects and can lead to accidents, injuries and even death. If your or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a defective vehicle or automotive part, then you might have a product liability claim.

Product liability law protects consumers from dangerous or defective products. When someone is injured as a result of an automotive defect, there are several parties that could be liable to compensate for victims’ injuries and damages. In addition to physical injuries, victims also may also suffer emotional and financial distress, and filing a products liability claim can help them recover the physical, emotional and financial damages they’ve endured.

Depending on the defect, the liable party could be the vehicle manufacturer, parts manufacturer, car dealership, auto supply shop, and/or the shipper. Because there are a variety of parties that may be liable for the accident and injury, product liability claims are often very complex, and experts, such as engineers, manufacturing experts, and accident reconstruction experts, might be needed to help prove the claim.

Due to the complexity of products liability claims, it’s important to consult a lawyer. The Law Office of Daniel L. Crandall specializes in products liability involving automotive defects. Our experienced attorneys will help you navigate the multifaceted claims and litigation processes to receive the fair compensation you deserve. Contact our firm for a consultation: 800-LAW-8000.

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