Dozens of items keep our cars, trucks, and other vehicles functioning properly and safely, and we trust they will perform their roles without placing us in jeopardy. Unfortunately, as seen by the many recalls every year, some auto parts fail to keep drivers protected and can pose a threat to their safety.
Examples of defective auto products include:
- Ignition switches
- Seatbelts and other restraints
- Body structure that does not adequately stand up to impact
- Weight issues and tendency to roll over
- Parts that may cause fire
Automobile manufacturers have a duty to protect their passengers from potential dangers. Failing to advise customers of known issues with a vehicle can be considered negligence, and may be grounds for an auto products liability claim in the event of accidents resulting from the defect.
Even a seemingly minor issue with a vehicle part could lead to an auto accident on the road, or may increase the damage resulting from an incident. For instance, car bodies are required to withstand a certain level of impact in order to protect passengers in the case of a collision. The regulation exists because if the frame buckles during a crash, the resulting injuries are likely to be more severe. The manufacturing company would therefore be liable if they created cars with bodies not in compliance with the regulations.
Experience in the field of auto accidents can make all the difference in pinpointing the responsible party, especially in the case of a defective product. Every detail of the wreck is important, and the prospect of facing a large auto manufacturer can be intimidating, making a claim of product liability uniquely challenging.
Finding the Right Defective Auto Product Attorney in Texas
Millions of Americans have faced the recall of their vehicle in the past few years, and even more are at risk due to defective products. If you or a loved one had been harmed in a motor vehicle accident due to a defective product in an automobile, The Gutierrez Law Firm may be able to help you seek out compensation. We can review the unique details of your situation and help you to determine the best way to proceed.