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Injuries Caused by Defective Car Parts

Posted in Products Liability on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Injuries caused by defective car parts can be devastating. Cars have thousands of parts that all need to work together to create a safe vehicle for consumers. Unfortunately, even a single defective car part can cause an accident leading to catastrophic injuries. When this happens, victims should be able to hold the manufacturer of the vehicle or vehicle part accountable.

What can happen in these cases?

According to a recent study, more than one out of every five cars in the United States had an open recall due to a faulty or defective part. While not every recall revolves around defective parts that could cause a devastating accident, there are still many cases each year where faulty vehicles and vehicle parts cause significant harm to drivers and passengers.

In general, there are two types of defective vehicle part claims. This can include:

  • A defect in the design, which can cause injuries if the flaw results in an accident.
  • A manufacturing defect can occur if there is an error made during the process of making the vehicle or vehicle part. You can have a safe design, but a manufacturing error will render the vehicle faulty and unsafe.

Some of the most common defects in vehicles that consumers may be familiar with, often because they involve massive recalls and significant news coverage, include the following:

  • Malfunctioning airbags
  • Seatbelts that fail or malfunction
  • Steering system or steering wheel malfunctions
  • Tire defects
  • Fuel systems that are leaky or defective
  • Transmission defects
  • Brake defects
  • Battery defects (specifically concerning electric vehicles)
  • Cruise control defects

Vehicle part defects can cause severe injuries

It is not uncommon for faulty vehicles to be involved in an accident. Just like any other vehicle accident, this can lead to significant harm to drivers and passengers inside the vehicle as well as others on the roadway. Injuries caused by defective vehicle parts often include:

Injury victims in these cases regularly incur tremendous expenses. Not only do victims have to deal with massive medical bills, but they may not be able to work while they recover from their injuries. This can lead to a loss of income as well as additional household out-of-pocket expenses. We also want to point out that defective car part injury victims regularly sustain significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the accident and their injuries. This can lead to their injuries causing both physical and emotional pain and suffering.

When do you need to contact an attorney?

If you or somebody you care about has been injured, or if you have lost a loved one, due to a defective car part, speak to an attorney as soon as possible. These cases can become incredibly complicated, and you need to act quickly. A Philadelphia product liability attorney at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. has the resources and experience necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your case. Our goal is to determine liability and help secure full compensation for your losses. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572.