According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, approximately 44,000 car accidents occur due to defective automobile parts and components. Automobile manufacturing defects and design flaws are the subject of millions of recalls every year and are also, unfortunately, the cause of many severe injuries and deaths.
Defective Manufactured Parts and Components
The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards govern the manufacture of all vehicle parts and components in the United States. The two most common types of accidents include when the accident is directly a result of the defective part, and when the defective part caused a more severe accident. For example, if the airbag fails to deploy that did not actually cause the accident but would have made an injury much worse. The most common safety-related vehicle recalls include:
- Unintentional airbag deployment
- Broken accelerators
- Electrical system fires
- Loss of light from the electrical system
- Cracked and/or broken wheels
- Steering component failure
- Fuel system failure
- Windshield wiper failure
- Seatbacks or seat failure
- Any other manufactured vehicle component or part that breaks or malfunctions.
Automobile Defect Liability
If you were injured in a car accident either due to a defective part or component, or because that defective part or component made the injury worse, you may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. Automobile manufacturers are under “strict liability” law, which means that they have a duty to ensure that their products, parts, and components are safe for the public. A recall notice needs to be issued immediately if a manufacturer realizes there is a defect. Making the legal argument to pursue liability against an automobile manufacturer can be complex and challenging, and visiting with an NYC car accident attorney can help you understand your next steps.
Contact an NYC Car Accident Attorney Today
If you were injured in a car accident that involved a defective automobile manufacturing part or component, you may be suffering from personal injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact Michael J. Redenburg today at (212) 240-9465 or online to understand your rights, and for a free consultation regarding your case.