Do I Have a Defective Car?

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 11:25am by
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If you have sustained an injury due to a defective car, you may be entitled to compensation. When a car has a defect it usually happens either during the manufacturing or during the design. When a car is designed it must meet the minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. When these are not met and either one or multiple cars could possess potentially harmful mistakes. These mistakes may include:

  • Any error involving steering. Especially when parts stop completely and the driver loses control of the vehicle.
  • Defective accelerators that either stick or unexpectedly stop working.
  • Windshield wipers that do not function properly.
  • Wheels that split or break causing partial or complete loss of control.
  • Engine cooling fans that break suddenly, possibly causing injuries to someone working on the vehicle.
  • Seats/seat backs that stop working.
  • Vital pieces of a vehicle that break or fall off creating danger for a person either inside or outside the vehicle.
  • Any wiring problems that may result in fire of loss of light.
  • Any car ramps or jacks that fall and harm someone working on a vehicle.
  • Defective seat belts, buckles or parts can affect child safety seats.

Recall of Defective Cars

When a car is being recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, manufacturers legally must notify car owners. In order to take action to fix your car you must first be aware of the problem. So, recognizing a mailed notice is crucial. Each notice is required to have:

  • A detailed description of the defect.
  • A warning of risks and any alarming signs.
  • Detailed instructions of how to fix the defect.

While the cost of repairing the vehicle may be covered, injuries sustained may not be. Contacting an experienced product liability lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

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