When you think about automobile accidents, you probably think of single-vehicle or multi-vehicle collisions caused by driver mistake. However, in other circumstances, an automobile accident is caused by a bad product or design in the vehicle itself, rather than by something the driver did.
If a product is defective in some manner, the firm that made, distributed, or sold it may be held accountable for any harm that resulted from the defective product. This holds true for automobile parts as well.
Defective products can be classified in three ways:
- A flaw in the manufacturing process
- A flaw in the design process
- Failure to warn.
A manufacturing problem might occur if a batch of tires was built with inferior rubber, leading the vehicle to slide owing to a lack of grip. A design flaw might be a gear that slips out in certain scenarios, perhaps causing injury if the automobile sips into neutral. If a car manufacturer fails to warn buyers that putting a kid in the front seat might result in death or harm if the airbags activate, a failure to warn may be established.
Types of defective automobile products
The gas pedal problem in Toyota automobiles is maybe the most well-known faulty car product. Consumers stated that when they pressed down on the gas pedal in particular automobiles, it would stick, causing significant injury and even death. Toyota eventually recalled over four million vehicles and paid out 1.1 billion dollars in settlements to people who were harmed as a result of the problem.
Another flaw can be discovered in equipment designed to protect us, such as seat belts, which may fail in the event of a crash or put too much pressure in one direction, resulting in injuries. After a collision, airbags may deploy with too much power or fail to deploy at all — or even deploy when there hasn't been a collision at all.
People who have been hurt as a result of these faults — or whose injuries in an accident are worsened as a result of these defective items — may be eligible to seek compensation from the product's maker, distributor, and/or sale.
Defects in the braking system can potentially result in automobile accidents and injuries. Anti-lock braking systems, according to research, are more likely to be involved in deadly rollover collisions than other types of brakes. Because braking systems are so complex, they can fail in a variety of ways, including due to poor installation, manufacturing errors, or design flaws.
Tread separation or a full tire failure can cause times to fail for a variety of reasons. Even in normal driving circumstances, this can result in a loss of control and an accident.
Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker now at 602-340-0030 if you have been injured in an automobile accident caused by another motorist or a faulty product. We never charge a fee until we recover money for you! Initial consultations are always free!