Key West Products Liability Lawyers Discuss Auto Safety Recalls

Representing clients injured by defective products throughout South Florida

Discovering that your vehicle has a safety defect and that the manufacturer has issued a recall, it can cause a lot of inconvenience for you. You rely on your car to safely transport you to work, school, shopping and to travel and recreational destinations.

Automobile manufacturers owe a duty of care to the consumers who pay large amounts of money for their products, and who entrust their safety and the safety of their families when they are using those products. When a defect threatens the safety of a vehicle, the federal government has strict guidelines which require the manufacturer to contact the registered owner of the vehicle, notify them of the nature of the defect and explain how they can get the defect repaired. If you should suffer a serious injury because of a defective automotive part, you may be able to recover compensation from the manufacturer for your injuries and other losses.

At the Yeboah Law Group, we understand the complexity of product liability claims and lawsuits. When you work with one of our experienced Key West product liability lawyers, you will enjoy the benefit of the knowledge they have gained helping other to obtain justice after an injury.

Automotive safety recalls for manufacturing defects

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) which is under the Department of Transportation (DOT) is the federal agency with oversight over vehicle safety standards. The NHTSA has the authority to require manufacturers to issue safety recalls for vehicles that have safety-related defects, or that do not meet federal safety standards. Since 1966, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, RVs and motorcycles, 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to correct safety defects. (NHTSA)

Examples of automotive defects resulting in recalls

The following are just a few examples of defective automotive parts that have been subject to safety recalls:

  • Defective air bags
  • Defective seat belts
  • Defective seat backs
  • Fuel tank/system defects
  • Faulty braking systems
  • SUVs with high rollover risk
  • Faulty accelerator pedals
  • Defective brakes
  • Defective steering components

Liability for automotive defects

To hold the auto manufacturer liable for your injuries it is not enough to prove that the brakes were defective. You must show how the defective brakes caused the accident that caused your injuries. In a products liability case, the defect might be in the product’s design, the manufacturing process, or in the marketing process. Additionally, if you can prove that the product was defective and that it was the cause of your injury you may be able to hold others in the supply chain such as parts distributors, wholesalers, retailers and other vendors responsible as well.

An automotive safety recall does not automatically make the manufacturer liable for your injuries. You will still be required to provide evidence that the brakes on your vehicle were defective thereby preventing you from being able to stop and avoid crashing into another vehicle. The manufacturer may not use the fact that they issued a recall to absolve themselves of liability, either.

How a Key West product liability attorney can help

As you can see, product liability is complex. Because a defective part has been recalled will not always make your case easier to prove. Having the advocacy and support of an experienced Key West products liability attorney on your side will give you the benefit of their acumen and experience in presenting a compelling case on your behalf. When you have been injured, we can help.

Contact a skilled Key West products liability lawyer to schedule a free consultation today

When you sustain a serious injury after using a defective product, it is vital that you obtain the guidance and advocacy you need to pursue justice. The Key West products liability attorneys at the Yeboah Law Group are committed to fighting for fair compensation when a defective product has caused you harm by holding those responsible for your injuries accountable for their negligence. Call 1-800-TELL-SAM or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.

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