Automotive designers and manufacturers are responsible for providing customers with safe, well-functioning vehicles that will not pose serious safety risks. Because of the considerable power and force associated with motor vehicles, even small defects can have far-reaching consequences. However, not all automobile producers are as careful as they should be, leading to an estimated 600 auto recalls per year. Sadly, though, not all recalls occur in time to protect innocent consumers from devastating car accidents. If a person is injured because of a defective vehicle, the designer or manufacturer at fault may be held accountable for the costs associated with that individual’s injuries.
Dangerous Vehicle Malfunctions
Vehicle producers are held to high safety standards and, according to the law, can be held responsible if these standards aren’t met. For automotive manufacturers, the following types of inexcusable defects may be grounds for a product liability suit:
- Brake defects
- Tire defects
- Electrical or computer failures
- Steering malfunctions
- Safety device defects, including seat belt, airbag, and child car seat flaws
Whether subpar safety testing, dangerous manufacturing practices, or other such factors contributed to an auto defect, these mistakes can threaten the safety and lives of drivers and their passengers.
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a vehicle defect, the designer or manufacturer responsible for the flaw may be held liable for your injury costs, including medical bills and lost wages. To learn more about your rights and options as an injured consumer, contact the New York defective vehicles attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.