Auto Product Liability
Car Accidents, Mechanical Defects, and Auto Recalls
Auto product liability is an area of law that melds
car accident liability with
product liability. In some cases, car accidents are not caused by human error (which is
most common) but rather caused by some type of defect or oversight in
the vehicle’s design. Lately, GM has been in the spotlight for faulty
ignition switches in thousands of its vehicles that resulted in multiple
deaths and injuries. If you or a loved one was injured in a similar incident,
we invite you to contact our firm to tell us about your case.
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Who are these claims filed against?
Auto product liability claims are filed against the product manufacturer.
When claims started to surface surrounding the ignition switch defect
accidents, GM took the heat. These types of cases typically involve multiple
vehicles, hence multiple claimants. Sometimes claimants will form a class
and file a class action lawsuit against a vehicle manufacturer in hopes
of securing compensation for harm caused by the defects.
Common Hazards that Prompt Auto Recalls
Any number of things can go wrong when a vehicle is being designed or manufactured.
Some common causes for auto recalls are hazards such as:
Leaky and misplaced fuel tanks, faulty wiring, and other defects can pose
a fire hazard and result in auto recalls.
Seatbelts can latch improperly or easily become unlatched while a vehicle
is in motion. In the event of a faulty seatbelt or seatbelt latch, a vehicle
can be recalled.
Power Steering / Crash Risk
Sudden loss of electric power steering poses a serious accident risk to
drivers. Somewhat recently, GM recalled 81,000 vehicles for this very defect.
Faulty brake pads, brake fluid, and other brake components can fail and
pose a serious accident risk to drivers.
Defects in Design & Manufacturing Defects
Auto product liability cases usually fall into one of two categories –
defects in design and manufacturing defects. The former describes a defect
that is inherent in the design of the vehicle or vehicle component, while
the latter results in a defect that could have been prevented by perfect
Contacting the Portland Injury Lawyers at Paulson Coletti
If you were involved in an accident you believe was caused by a defective
vehicle, contact the Portland auto accident attorneys at Paulson Coletti.
We have been voted Best Law Firms by US News in personal injury as well
as product liability, and Attorney John Coletti was named “Lawyer
of the Year” in product liability cases. Our firm is an authority
in these types of cases, so contact us to learn more about how we can help you.