Car manufacturers often recall a particular vehicle model when they discover one or more vehicles have a fault. While it costs a lot to do the recall, they avoid the risk of product liability lawsuits, which could become extremely costly, especially if someone is injured or killed.
As consumers, we expect things we buy to do what they should and do so without injuring us. When we buy a car, we know we could crash and hurt ourselves if we drive badly or someone else hits us. We do not expect to crash because the wheels fall off, or the brakes fail. Unfortunately, many manufacturers do not realize there is a problem with their vehicles until it is too late and somebody is injured.
To bring a product liability case, you need to prove the item was defective and potentially dangerous due to the defect. There are three types of defect:
- Design defect: Adding extra horsepower to a new car model, but failing to consider the extra braking power needed would be a design fault.
- Manufacturing defect: Failing to do up the nuts that hold the brake disc would be a manufacturing fault.
- Marketing defect: Promoting a new powerful sports car as the ideal vehicle for new drivers is a marketing problem. Marketers need to target the correct audience and point out the dangers of the wrong person using the product. It is why children’s toys carry a label telling you what age of child it is suitable for. What works for one person could be lethal for another.
If you believe you have been injured due to a defective vehicle or component product. These cases are challenging and require experienced legal help representation.