If you have been injured in a car accident, an investigation into the crash may reveal that driver error did not serve as the primary cause. Instead, the cause of your injuries may be a defective automotive part or a faulty safety feature.

Defective automotive products often are the subject of highly publicized safety recalls. In fact, more motor vehicles have been recalled in the U.S. within the past year than at any time in history. When these massive recalls occur, plaintiffs harmed by the defect may file an individual lawsuit or participate in a class-action claim. In some cases, separate lawsuits filed in federal courts may be consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding. The manufacturer may also set up a compensation fund to handle claims.

Before you take any action, you should have your case carefully reviewed by an attorney with experience with handling automotive defect injury claims.

Contact Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. Our firm works with clients in Spartanburg, Greenville and across South Carolina. We can review your case for free and help you to understand the best options available to you.

Common Automotive Defects

An automotive defect may cause you to be in an accident or make your injuries worse after impact. The defect may also involve a feature that fails to protect you when a crash occurs.

Within the past year, two defects that have led to millions of vehicles being recalled across the country have been:

  • GM ignition switches – Due to the defect, the ignition switch may fall out of the “run” position, causing the engine to shut down and robbing the vehicle of its brakes and power steering.
  • Takata air bags – Due to defective inflators, the air bags may rupture and send metal fragments spraying within the cabin at the driver and front-seat passenger.

However, there are many other types of defects that can harm drivers and their passengers, including those that involve:

  • Defective brakes
  • Tire blowouts
  • Tread separation
  • Sudden acceleration
  • Rollovers (due to the design of certain SUVs and large passenger vans)
  • Exploding gas tanks
  • Collapsing roofs
  • Seat belt and child car seat defects.

An attorney with the skill and resources to handle defective automotive products cases can work with investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, engineers and other experts to determine the nature of a defect and its role in your crash.

Legal Options in Defective Automotive Products Cases

If a defective automotive part has harmed you or a family member, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses. A claim may be brought against the manufacturer, distributor and/or dealer. The claim may be based on:

  • Strict liability
  • Breach of warranty
  • Design and manufacturing defects
  • Failure to provide a proper warning about the product’s risks.

A lawsuit based on an automotive defect may be litigated in state or federal court. If many plaintiffs have suffered similar harm, their claims may be combined in a single class-action lawsuit or consolidated in a MDL. Keep in mind: If your case becomes part of a MDL, it remains its own separate and distinct lawsuit. It is merely brought into the same federal court for pretrial proceedings.

If the automotive defect that has harmed you is the subject of a compensation fund offered by a manufacturer, you should consult with an attorney before signing a release and accepting compensation. You do not want to do anything that may cost you your right to a full and fair recovery.

Contact a Spartanburg Defective Automotive Product Lawyer Today

The attorneys of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., have experience handling defective products cases that involve national litigation and major corporations, including securing a record-setting verdict in a pharmaceutical case. To learn how we can assist you with your defective automotive product case, contact us today by phone or online.

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