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When Vehicle Recalls and Defective Parts Cause Injury
The federal government sets safety standards to define the minimum performance requirements for automotive parts that affect the safe operation of the vehicle, including tires, brakes, gas tanks, and fuel systems.
There are government safety standards for safety features that protect passengers in the event of an accident: air bags, seat belts, and child car seats.
If a safety feature is determined to be defective, the vehicle is usually recalled and the part is replaced (such as the recent recall of many models of Toyota cars). This is the responsibility of the manufacturer but as we’ve seen it can take years for the manufacturer to own up to that responsibility. In the meantime, drivers and passengers in those cars are injured and killed.
The car accident lawyers at Powers & Santola, LLP., have the experience, skill and resources to bring product liability cases through to verdicts. We have been representing seriously injured people since 1987, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. When you need experienced legal help, contact our upstate New York law office to schedule a free initial consultation. Se Habla Español.
Auto manufacturers and auto part manufacturers can be held financially responsible for injuries caused by defective car parts. This is called a “product liability” lawsuit. These are complex personal injury cases that always involve extensive use of experts in the field — automotive design experts, as well as accident reconstruction experts and medical experts. Our personal injury attorneys can help you seek compensation for:
- Defective seat belts and faulty airbags
- Defective tires
- Defective brakes
- Defectively designed fuel systems or gas tanks
- Defective child car seats
You May Be Able to
Sue Multiple Parties
If your accident was caused by another driver’s negligence or reckless driving, we may be able to bring a successful personal injury claim against the other driver. That does not mean you cannot also seek compensation for further injuries resulting from a failed seat belt, an explosive air bag, or a faulty car seat. You may need multiple sources of financial recovery if your injuries or your child’s injuries are severe.
At Powers & Santola, LLP., we look for every possible source of financial recovery for our clients. Serious injuries bring a lifetime of costs that can be a tremendous burden to families. Full compensation can mean the difference between good medical care and stress and hardship. We work to ensure you get the recovery you need.
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