A number of auto recalls in 2019 have given motorists cause for concern and created serious safety risks for drivers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians. If you receive a recall notice, it is important to take your vehicle in as soon as possible to undergo the necessary repairs. In some situations, an automaker may fail to issue a recall in the time leading to devastating accidents and injuries. In some situations, defective auto parts can even cause fatalities. If you were injured in a car accident and believe a defective auto part is responsible, call our seasoned team of Boston car accident lawyers today to learn more about your rights.
General Motors has issued several recalls throughout this year, including a recall that caused 113 car crashes in a variety of their vehicle models, including the Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Chevy Tahoe. The defect involves a faulty powered brake-assist system, which means that the vehicle may not be able to stop appropriately. Drivers who experience things like a ticking noise while trying to depress the brake or a vibrating brake pedal may be affected.
Nissan has experienced serious issues with its backup cameras and recently issued a recall for 1.23 million motor vehicles. Although no injuries have been reported related to this defect at present, drivers who rely on the backup camera for reversing should proceed with extreme caution.
Ford has dealt with a number of recalls this year, including an ongoing recall of the Takata airbag that it installs in many of its vehicles. The airbags have been linked to dozens of fatalities and hundreds of devastating injuries, and the recall has now encompassed over 41 million motor vehicles. Vehicles in warm-weather states are at the highest risk of suffering some sort of negative outcome as a result of the defect. Toyota has also recalled a number of vehicles that are also linked to Takata’s defective airbags.
If you were injured as the result of a defective product in a motor vehicle, you might be able to bring a product liability claim against the companies responsible for the manufacture, marketing, and sale of those parts or the vehicles in which they were installed. Due to the complexity of motor vehicle manufacture and operation, this can be an incredibly detailed claim that requires consultation with expert witnesses and other professionals who can help explain how the defect caused your injury.
There are different theories that a plaintiff can use to establish that a component of a motor vehicle was defective, such as showing that it was designed in an unreasonably dangerous manner. Another way of demonstrating product liability is by showing that the specific product that the plaintiff received or used suffered from a defect or flaw during the manufacturing process that rendered the product defective or dangerous.
At the Law Offices of Michael O. Smith, our lead attorney has experience handling a wide variety of Boston car accident cases and can assist you with ensuring that you assert every viable claim for compensation that is available to you. We provide a free consultation to discuss your situation. Call us now at 617-263-0060 or contact us online to set up your appointment.