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Pittsburgh, PA Auto Defect Lawyers

Auto parts manufacturing companies have a responsibility to American consumers. When something goes wrong with a car part, the manufacturing company can and should be held liable. If you were involved in a car accident that you believe was caused by faulty brakes, a defective tire, or another defective auto part, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, please contact us today.

Defective Vehicle Parts

Vehicle parts are usually defective for one of two reasons. These are:

  • Poor design or
  • Manufacturing problems

Auto parts may be defective for one or both of these reasons. A poor design could lead to a manufacturing problem. The following are some examples of defective parts that could lead to accidents and injuries:

  • Driver’s side floor mats that get stuck under the accelerator pedal, leading to a crash
  • Defective brakes that fail to bring a vehicle to a stop
  • Defective tires, causing tire blowouts
  • Gas pedal defects that cause a car to accelerate suddenly
  • Problems with electronic systems
  • Problems with the engine cooling system
  • Defective steering wheels detaching from the steering column
  • Defective clutches causing excessive slip and possibly fires

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) listed the following recent recalls and defects because of defective car parts:

  • Oct. 25, 2012: recall of some models of 2005 to 2007 7-series vehicles “Due to a software problem, the doors, although they appear to be closed and latched . . . in fact may inadvertently open.” The NHTSA said that under some driving conditions, a rider in the vehicle could be ejected if a door suddenly opened.
  • Oct. 25, 2012: recall of Harley-Davidson 2,798 model, year 2012-2013 VRSCDX motorcycles because the license plate assembly bracket might loosen from the rear fender. This could eventually lead to damage to the rear brake line, “affect rear brake performance, increasing the risk of a crash, which could lead to injury or death of the rider.”
  • Oct. 22, 2012: Nissan recall of 13,919 2012 to 2013 Altimas for transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts that were not properly torqued. This could cause both bolts to fall out and lead to loss of control of the vehicle and possibility of a crash.

Defective Automobile Safety Equipment

Problems with safety equipment can also lead to serious injuries if an accident does occur. Some examples of defective auto safety equipment that can be particularly dangerous include:

  • Problems that prevent airbags from deploying during an accident
  • Defects with seatbelts, causing them to become unlatched during an accident
  • Seatbelts that fail to lock up during a collision
  • Problems with child safety seats

Contact an Auto Defects Lawyer

If you have been injured in a vehicle crash caused by defects in its design or manufacturing, the company should compensate you for your pain, suffering, and the money you had to pay. If your injuries were made more severe due to a defective seatbelt, airbags that failed to deploy, or other problems with safety equipment, you may also be eligible for compensation.

To speak with an attorney knowledgeable about auto defects in the Ohio Valley area, contact Chaffin Luhana today; our attorneys represent people that are injured by defective auto parts in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.

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