Products Liability: Automobile Defect Cases

Thousands of car accidents occur each day. While many are caused by driver error, many are due to the fault of the manufacturer. When a car itself is defective a products liability action may lie. The car or its parts may have a defective design, manufacturing defect or marketing error. The victims can seek to hold someone in the chain of production liable for injuries or damages sustained. Manufacturers, sellers, and marketers of products are responsible for producing and distributing safe consumer goods.

Defective automobiles include, but are not limited to, tire defects or failure, airbag failure, roll over, seatbelt defects or child safety seats. Tire failure can cause the vehicle to roll over, which may injure the driver and passengers when the roof is crushed. When the tread separates from a tire and comes off, this can result in loss of control of the vehicle. When tires blow out, police often assume the cause was debris in the street, but tires can often blow out due to a defect in the tire.

Defective airbags may fail to inflate or fail to fully expand after a crash. They may also go off without any reason. Seatbelt defects can cause drivers and passengers to be thrown from the vehicle.

Manufacturers, sellers, and marketers of defective products can be liable for the failure to test products well enough, failure to notify consumers of product recalls, failure to service a product correctly, or misrepresenting products or their features.

Automobiles are widely used, but can be very dangerous. Manufacturers are profiting off of the automobiles they sell. As a result, the law imposes a duty on manufacturers. Automobile manufacturers have a duty of care to ensure that the products they sell are safe for consumers. If a product has a design defect or defective parts, the manufacturer may be liable.