Articles Posted in Auto Product Liability

It is easy to take our tires for granted, to assume they are working properly and that they will not suddenly blow out while on the roadway. Tragically, it is common for worn tires to fail and for serious accidents to occur as a result. However, in some cases, a tire may fail not because it is old but because it is defective. In such cases, the tire manufacturer can be held liable for the injuries suffered.

tires-5644567.jpgThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is in charge of monitoring defective products. Updated lists of recent recalls can be found on the safety agency’s official website, www.recalls.gov. It is important to remember that the process of recalling defective products to protect consumers is fallible. Simply because a product has not been recalled, it does not mean that it is safe. In cases involving defective tires, it is common for a number of accidents to occur before an investigation begins and for a full recall to occur only after there is substantial evidence that the tires are dangerous.

If you have been involved in an accident involving tire failure, it is important that you preserve the vehicle and the damaged tire for a thorough examination by an expert. The product manufacturer can be held liable for the injuries suffered through an auto product liability lawsuit if it can be determined that the product was defective, the defect resulted in an accident, and the accident resulted in the injuries and damages.

seat-belt4346447.jpgThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 13,000 lives are saved by seatbelts every year in the United States. These necessary and useful safety devices greatly decrease the chances of a serious injury or fatality in the event of a car accident. There are cases, however, where seatbelts fail to work properly and put vehicle occupants at great risk for injury or death. There are many ways in which a seatbelt can be defective and there are a number of options available for victims who have suffered injuries as a result of defective seatbelts.

Seatbelts can be defective when they are improperly designed, have a manufacturing or assembly error, or when the warning labels are inadequate. When seat restraint systems or seatbelts fail, victims are in danger of suffering life-threatening injuries or even fatalities as a result of blunt force trauma or ejection from the vehicle.

There are a number of defective seatbelts that have been recalled because of the dangers they present to drivers and passengers. Recent recalls include:

When the brakes fail on a tractor-trailer, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. Determining why the brakes failed affects who may be held liable for the accident. There are many reasons why New Jersey commercial truck brake failure may occur. Poor truck maintenance is among the leading causes of brake failure in big rigs. When a trucking firm fails to properly maintain its fleet, serious malfunctions could occur. Another cause for brake failure is overloading. When a truck is overloaded, it can put a great deal of stress on the brakes, causing it to fail.

When an 80,000-pound vehicle barrels out of control, the consequences can be devastating. When a collision occurs between an out-of-control truck and smaller vehicles, the occupants of the passenger vehicles suffer major injuries. Holding truck drivers, truck insurance companies and part manufacturers liable for a crash can be a complicated and stressful process.

Having a skilled truck accident lawyer on your side can help expedite the process and ensure that your rights are protected. If the brake failure occurs as a result of poor maintenance or overloading, the trucking company can be held liable. In some cases, a defective auto product could also lead to brake failure. In such cases, the auto maker or the manufacturer of the defective product could also be held liable.

A New Jersey single-car crash critically injured a 20-year old Randolph man last week when his vehicle crashed into a utility pole, according to DailyRecord.com. Police officials say the man, who was airlifted by helicopter and his passenger, who was taken by ambulance, were being treated at nearby hospitals. The condition of the passenger was not released.

The reason for the collision is not yet known. Police are still investigating, however, there are a number of possibilities including driver distraction, driving while intoxicated, or perhaps a malfunctioning or defective vehicle part caused the vehicle to lose control. If it’s found that a defective part was the cause of the crash, the injured victim may be entitled to compensation and should speak to an auto product liability attorney as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident and you think a defective part may have caused your crash, call the experienced New Jersey auto product liability attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein. Automakers have a responsibility to design and manufacture safe, reliable vehicles that are free of defects that could cause harm or injury. When that responsibility is ignored, innocent people suffer needlessly. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have nearly twenty years of experience each and have handled a wide variety of auto product liability cases. We can help you understand your legal rights and seek restitution for your injuries as well as other damages. To learn more about how we can help and to schedule a free consultation, call us today at (609) 240-0040.

According to an app.com article, the construction of a new bus and truck inspection facility should be finished along the Garden State Parkway by June 30, 2011 on the spot of the existing Herbertsville facility. Located at mile marker 94.6 on the southbound side of the highway, the new facility will contain a waiting area for passengers of buses that are determined to be unsafe after being inspected. The executive director of this project stated, “It’s not our intention to delay passengers, but if the bus shows signs of being unsafe, we need to pull it off the road.”

Based on authority reports, the article also mentions that approximately 1,185 buses have been stopped so far this year by State Police from Troop “E” based in Middletown, and 122 buses have been inspected by troopers and the Department of Transportation’s motor carrier and bus inspection unit. And buses aren’t the only vehicles being examined. Apparently 964 trucks out of 7,140 stopped were also inspected by DOT officials and State troopers for appearing to be unsafe.
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Auto accident victims who claim they have been injured as a result of auto product defects in New Jersey and across the nation from Chrysler and General Motors vehicles are being left high and dry because of the auto makers’ bankruptcy filings. According to this news report, consumers and consumer advocates are outraged that auto makers, that are being financed by tax payers, are throwing “consumer safety protections out the window.”

The bankruptcy of Chrysler and GM has led to new complications, particularly with regard to product liability lawsuits. According to several consumer advocates, the car companies will back up their warranties for auto parts, but will not take responsibility for personal injuries caused by defective auto parts. So, for example, if your brakes are bad, they’ll fix them. But if you crash and get seriously injured because of defective brakes, then your auto maker (Chrysler or GM) won’t be held liable for that.

Auto product defects are more common than we know or hear about every day. Thousands of auto accidents occur nationwide and in New Jersey because of defective auto products such as tires, airbags, seatbelts, seatbacks, engines and steering. Defective design of a vehicle can also cause catastrophic injuries or deaths in an auto accident.
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