Accidents Caused by Manufacturing Defects
Manufacturing defects have been all over the news lately. From faulty ignition switches to deadly air bags, manufacturers are in the hot seat. It isn’t just that these manufacturing defects were injuring and killing innocent people all over the U.S., it’s that manufacturers were slow to react recall defective products leaving consumers at risk across the nation. In many car accident cases, there is somebody to blame. Distracted driving and impaired driving are just two examples of easily attributable factors in certain car accidents, but what if neither driver appears to be guilty of dangerous, negligent or careless behavior behind the wheel? What if there was only one car involved, and the driver was acting in a safe and appropriate manner?Defective Auto Parts
Car accidents caused by defective auto parts can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries. When auto parts fail, particularly auto parts that are designed to keep occupants safe, motorists are at risk for having dangerous car accidents. We’ve seen defective ignition switches that can turn the power off of cars traveling at high speeds, which also disables their brakes and steering. We’ve also seen child car seats that the latches do not open on, effectively trapping babies and infants in their seats in emergency situations. Listed below are just a few different types of manufacturing defects.Different Types of Manufacturing Defects
- Faulty ignition switches
- Exploding airbags
- Defective tires
- Faulty child car seats
- Defective seat belts
- Faulty heated seats
Auto manufacturers and auto parts manufacturers owe consumers a duty of safety. The car you’re driving should perform to safety standards and should certainly not put you at an increased danger because of some type of defect. If you think your accident was due to some type of defective or faulty auto part, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as swiftly as possible. These cases are often time sensitive, and they may require additional investigative efforts. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the better outcome your case will have.Can Auto Parts Manufacturers Police Themselves?
Over the last 18 months to two years, we’ve seen car manufactures and automobile parts manufacturers flying under the radar for dangerous and deadly defects. As with many industries, when money is on the line, they can’t be counted on to police themselves. Thankfully, federal agencies are finally beginning to crackdown on these irresponsible manufacturers. Hopefully, it will send a message to other corporations about timeliness and safety for consumer recalls.Accountability for Dangerous and Deadly Defects
In light of recent events, it’s not just that defective auto parts put people at risk. It’s that manufacturers know about these defects for months or longer without doing anything about it. Speaking up about your case, bringing it to the attention of an attorney and to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can help to raise awareness about defective auto parts. The more people speak up, the more pressure is put on auto makers.Is Your Car Under Recall?
You can’t always count on automobile manufacturers to get the word out about recalls. Although they’re supposed to contact you and publicize information about the recall, that just isn’t always the case. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to do a little research. Find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on your car, write it down and then use this search engine to determine if your vehicle is under recall. You can also check manufacturer’s websites for years, makes and models.What if The Part Hasn’t Been Recalled Yet?
Sadly, many injuries and deaths due to manufacturing defects happen before recalls are ever announced. If you think a defective auto part or manufacturing defect caused your accident, you need to report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the auto manufacturer and speak with an attorney as soon as possible. It can take months or years for recalls to happen, so you need to have somebody on your side, fighting for your rights.Jackson Car Accident Attorney
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a manufacturing defect, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today. Our experienced team is standing by to answer your questions and help you navigate the complexities of a product liability case. You need to focus on recovering and taking care of your family. Let us handle the legal details.