Motor Vehicles

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
  • ATVs

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.