Auto product liability refers to a legal burden held by car manufactures. In short, car manufacturers are responsible to create safe vehicles and automotive components. If a car is innately flawed, the manufacturer could be held responsible for any accidents and injuries caused by the defect.
While many things can go wrong with your vehicle, some types of defects cause more accidents than others do. Listed below are some of the most common causes of auto product liability:
In 2009, the Toyota Avalon was experiencing unintended acceleration by way of defective floor mats. Other Toyota vehicles included in the unintended acceleration recalls were the Corolla, Camry, Tacoma, Matrix, and the Pontiac Vibe. Certain Audi 5000 vehicles also experienced sudden power surges similar to those experienced with Toyota.
Millions of people are driving each day, and with countless drivers and unforeseen hazards, it is all too easy for a mistake to be made. Sometimes the error does not come from driver negligence but can be from a defect in the automobile being driven. There are many components to a car that make it function and any one of these can go wrong. While basic vehicle maintenance is necessary, in some cases it is actually a defect in the car.
When an accelerator pad that sticks, the brakes are faulty or the tires are defective, the car may not be working as it should. The error may have happened during any part of the process and the manufacturers may be held liable for it. When they put a product out on the market, they can be held accountable for how it performs. Many times a company will do a recall when they find a defect, however, it can often be after the fact of the damage already occurring.
When a defect in your car does lead to an accident or injury, it is important to keep the vehicle; it is now evidence for your defective auto claim or lawsuit. For additional information, or to see what a St. Louis car accident attorney from our law firm can do for your case, fill out an online case evaluation form today!