While vehicles today are safer than they once were, vehicle defects continue to endanger lives. Since the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration began setting vehicle safey standards in 1966, hundreds of millions of motor vehicle have been recalled because of defects. That doesn’t include the millions of defective tires and other pieces of vehicle equipment that have also been recalled.
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has died because of a defective vehicle or vehicle part, please contact one of the experienced product liability lawyers at Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell for a free consultation and case evaluation.
Common motor vehicle defects include the following:
- failure to be properly designed to protect its occupants during foreseeable and expected accidents
- propensity to rollover
- airbag malfunctions
- defective seatbelts
- poorly made tires
- faulty fuel systems
- defective brakes
- defective child safety seats
- vehicle fires
A History of Negligence
Unfortunately, vehicle manufacturers have a long history of ignoring safety issues in to maximize profits. For example, early cases include the Ford Pinto, which went into production despite a defect in the fuel system that caused the gas tank to leak — and explode– — in rear-end collisions. The company was aware of the design flaw and still released the car for sale.
Litigation Saves Lives
Because of these early cases, vehicle have become safer. Changes brought about by litigation help save lives and prevent injuries. Still, there are occasions when vehicle manufacturers ignore safety issues and provide dangerous vehicles to the public. Some of the more recent cases have included:
- Ford Explorer and other SUV rollovers
- Chevrolet pick-up gas tank cases
- Firestone and other tires
If you or a loved one has suffered harm as the result of a defective vehicle or vehicle part, please contact one of the experienced product liability attorneys at Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Bell for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you and we welcome the opportunity to serve and assist you.