Auto Defects Cause Injuries
Dangerous airbags have been in the news a lot lately. A certain kind of airbag is at risk of causing shrapnel to fly towards car occupants if the airbag deploys. According to the New York Times, at least two deaths and over 100 injuries have been caused by these airbags, millions of which are being recalled. Aside from shrapnel, if your airbag fails to properly deploy during an accident, you won’t receive the protection you have a right to expect. Defective airbags can cause lacerations, chemical burns, skull fractures and even traumatic brain injures.
Defective airbags are just one kind of danger you can experience when you have defective parts in your car.
Seat Belt Issues
The seat belt is a critical part of car safety. Seat belts keep you in your seat, preventing you from being ejected from your car during an accident. More than half of the people who die in car accidents, die because they were not properly restrained. If your seat belt is defective and does not hold you in place, you could end up seriously injured or even killed. In addition, if your seat belt jams and you are unable to get out of your car after a crash, you could end up injured due to a fire or secondary accident.
One of the most critical features of your car, is, of course, your brakes. If your brakes fail you can end up in a serious accident through no fault of your own. Brakes might fail due to a manufacturing defect or due to a mechanic leaving the brakes in bad condition. If you are injured due to brake failure, the car manufacturer, dealer who sold you the car and/or the mechanic might be financially liable to you for the harm you suffered.
Tire Blow Outs
Because of their sudden and violent nature, tire blowouts frequently result in severe motor vehicle accidents. They can cause a car to flip over or send it directly into the path of oncoming traffic or against another vehicle. Sometimes blowouts are caused through no one’s fault, such as a nail piercing the tire, but far too problems many occur as a result of defective tires. These tires may be compromised by flaws in their design or by mistakes in the manufacturing process. Common types of manufacturing defects include:
- Tread separation
- Holes or leaks
- Improper adhesive
- Excessive thinness
Regardless of the type of manufacturing defect, if you suffer an accident due to a tire blow out, you might have the basis for a successful product liability case against the tire’s manufacturer.
Child Car Seats
You put your child in a car seat to protect her. If a child’s car seat is defective, the very protection you tried to provide could end up causing serious injuries. Common problems with car seats include:
- Faulty clasps that fail in an accident
- Belt or webbing weaknesses that fail to restrain your child
- Insufficient padding which doesn’t provide the correct amount of protection
- Use of flammable materials, which in an accident, can cause a deadly fire
One way to protect your children is to keep your eyes open for car seat recalls. It is best not to buy a used car seat. You won’t know if it was in an accident, even if you first check for a recall. Always make sure you have a safe seat for your child. If you are uncertain if your car seat is safe or if you cannot afford one, there are many options for free car seats here in Pennsylvania.
You Have a Right to be Safe in Your Car
When you ride in a car, you have a right to assume that the parts were manufactured properly. If you or a loved one are injured due to a manufacturing defect or because a mechanic failed to do his job, contact the auto defect attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams. Tell us what happened and we will give you an honest opinion about your case.