Car manufacturing companies have a duty to adequately test the safety of a vehicle before putting it on the market. Manufacturers are required to consider all “foreseeable” uses of the vehicle. For example, no driver should be driving 100 miles per hour, but as that is possible and foreseeable (as drivers are known to be reckless), the manufacturer has a duty to build a car that will not explode at 100 miles per hour. There can be many different manufacturing defects in vehicles and it’s best to speak with Sacramento accident attorneys if you have been involved in a car accident due to a manufacturing defect.
As the vehicle manufacturing industry has changed, the number of recalls has increased steadily since the 1990’s. Cars are being made more and more cheaply, leading to faultier parts and an increased risk of malfunction. In fact, in 2015, more than 50 million cars were issued for recall – a record high. This puts the public at risk not only for direct consumers, but certainly for bystanders as well, since they have no control over the quality of car another individual on the road may purchase. If damages are incurred by a car’s malfunction, product liability law may help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Though car manufacturers themselves have garnered much attention in recent years for their recalls, other aspects of a car may be subject to manufacturing defect, such as tires.
There are several defects that commonly cause accidents or result in more damage than what would otherwise be incurred during a car collision. The following list gives some common examples of vehicular defects.
It is important to know the difference between manufacturing and design defects and to accurately determine which relates to a specific case. A manufacturing defect is when a vehicle or part of a vehicle is not created as intended. This means that there was something wrong with the way in which the part was produced. Design defect refers to a problem in the original design and intent of the vehicle or parts of the vehicle.
A recent and well-publicized example of a design defect may be found in the tragic death of actor Anton Yelchin at the age of 27. He had placed his Jeep in park before walking down the sloped driveway to retrieve his mail. Due to the poor design of the gear shift, in which the gear stick returns to the center position after gear selection, with no clear indication of which gear the car is currently in. Whatever your situation may be, speaking with a car accident attorney in Sacramento CA is the best option in order to get the compensation you deserve.
If an individual is driving a vehicle that was already recalled, the fault may lie on that person as well as the manufacturer. As many as 45 million vehicles that were issued for recall between 2014 and 2015 have not been brought in for repairs.
Some vehicular collisions are caused not by driver negligence or defects in the design or manufacturing of a car, but by poor road maintenance or design. In these cases, the government could be held responsible. Cases involving the government are usually trickier contact Sacramento accident attorneys for details regarding your specific case.
Examples of poor road design include:
Examples of poor road maintenance include:
Have you been in a car collision and believe a manufacturing defect in your or another’s car was the cause? It is important you speak with one of our Sacramento accident attorneys who have the experience and knowledge to work hard on your case to get you the compensation you deserve.