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Automotive Product Liability

If an automobile has a defect and you or someone you loved is injured as a result of the defect, automotive product liability may be established.  In these cases, the manufacturer may be liable.

There are many different types of automotive product defects, but the most common types are listed below.

Defective Seatbelts. With the passage of the “Click It or Ticket” program in 2005, seatbelt usage is at an all time high.  According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, California’s seat belt use rate has increased to 95.3 percent in 2009.  These statistics do us little good if the seatbelt is defective.  Some of the most common seatbelt defects are inertial unlatching (when the seatbelt unlatches during a collision), false latching (when a seatbelt appears to be buckled, but is not), and excessive seatbelt slack.

Defective Airbags. Airbags are meant to protect passengers from head injuries during a car collision.  The speed and force at which airbags deploy must be sufficient enough to offset the force of the passenger who’s propelled forward from the accident.  Most airbags deploy at speeds in excess of 20 to 25 mph; however, some airbags deploy at the wrong time or fail to deploy altogether.

Defective Tires. According to the National Automotive Sampling System-Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS), blowouts and flat tires account for thousands of serious crashes every year.

Defective Child Care Seats. Child care seats (including booster seats for older children) are used over 85% of the time for children of all ages and from all different ethnic backgrounds.  Even though we’d like to think that we’re keeping our children safe by using a child care seat, if the seat is defective, they are exposed to the dangers of an injury from a car collision.

Defective Braking Systems. Defective car brakes are a serious concern – if the brakes are bad or don’t work, the risk of serious injuries resulting from an accident increases tremendously.

Defective Fuel Lines. Faulty fuel line connectors don’t cause accidents, but they can make accidents much worse. A defective fuel line can result in post-accident auto fires, causing severe burn injury to the victim or even death.

Contact York Law Firm

If you or someone you love has been injured by an automotive defect and are looking for an experienced, professional attorney to handle your case, York Law Firm can help.  Our attorneys have the knowledge and skill you need to succeed in your defective product case.  We are dedicated to holding manufacturers liable for their product defects and will get you the compensation you deserve for your medical care costs (past and future), physical injuries and pain and suffering.