New Jersey Defective Auto Parts Attorneys
Defective Auto Parts Lawsuits in NJ
Generally, as a consumer it’s impossible to have knowledge of or consider every conceivable safety issue or potential defect with regard to our motor vehicles. Defective automobiles and other motor vehicle components, either by virtue of poor design or when they fail, can create serious hazards to drivers and other occupants of vehicles, as well as to those utilizing our thoroughfares. When automotive products, such as seat belts, airbags, tires, and brakes, fail to function as intended, drivers and passengers are placed at risk of sustaining injuries in accidents.
Unfortunately, tires are not the only auto parts which have been the subject of recalls over the past two decades. In the news more recently have been reports of defective airbags which potentially can cause significant injuries when they deploy or fail to deploy when needed.
Other dangerous automotive defects that have led to major recalls or serious accidents include:
- Defects in fuel tanks and fuel lines or their placement, which can cause fires and explosions. Some of us may recall the Ford Pinto: a vehicle with a gas tank which could catch fire or explode when the vehicle was involved in a rear-end collision.
- Faulty braking systems: Brake failure can endanger the occupants of a car, those riding in other cars on the road, and pedestrians. Braking systems are relatively complex and are typically made up of many parts, including pads, rotors, calipers, and more. In a brake failure lawsuit, the manufacturers and distributors of each part deemed defective can potentially be defendants.
- Defective seat belts: Seatbelts are one of the most important safety features in a vehicle. In an accident, they can prevent serious injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts saved an estimated 226,627 people in the U.S. between 1975 and 2006. However, several major car manufacturers have issued recalls in the last few years to resolve safety belt issues.
- Airbags that deploy at the wrong times, not at all, or that cause serious injuries when deployed: If you are is equipped with an airbag that could potentially cause injury, you may be able to file an auto defect claim for damages.
- Defects in door locks and latches: Various manufacturers have been under investigation regarding faulty door locks. These defects may result in a vehicle occupant being trapped in a vehicle or may cause ejection from a vehicle during an accident.
- Seatbacks that fail in an accident, hitting backseat passengers: A recent investigation by CBS News regarding front seat failures has prompted members of Congress to call for the NHTSA to increase mandates/requirements for car seat strength.
- Design flaws in certain types of vehicles (notably those with a high center of gravity such as certain SUVs and trucks) can cause them to roll over when engaged in typical traffic maneuvers.
- Car Seat Defects
When automotive products fail, the resulting accidents can be fatal or cause significant injuries, including brain damage, burns, amputations, and paralysis, as well as a host of orthopedic injuries which may render a person permanently disabled.
If an injury was caused by an auto company’s carelessness or unreasonable cost-saving decisions, victims have the right to hold that company legally liable for their injuries and financial losses associated with the accident.
CONTACT A NEW JERSEY AUTO PRODUCT LIABILITY ATTORNEY FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
The New Jersey personal injury law firm of Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has nearly eight decades of experience helping seriously injured people in New Jersey pursue claims. Most of our attorneys hold special professional Certifications as Civil Trial Attorneys from the Supreme Court of New Jersey. We specialize in complex medical and product liability cases (including automotive product liability).
If you or someone you care about was seriously hurt in an accident caused by a defective vehicle or auto part, contact us today at (973) 635-5400 to discuss your potential claim and your rights with one of our skilled New Jersey product liability lawyers.