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Cars and other vehicles are extremely complex machines with numerous parts. When one of these parts fails, the integrity of the entire vehicle can be affected. While normal wear and tear is the most common cause of a malfunctioning car part, product defects are also sometimes the cause. Manufacturers have a duty to ensure their car parts are safe because car accidents cause so many serious injuries and fatalities.
If a defective car part caused injury to you or a loved one, Gainsberg Injury and Accident Lawyers has the experience and resources to hold manufacturers accountable for defective designs, workmanship, instructions, and warnings. We work with seasoned product safety experts. Our Chicago auto parts lawyers also review whether the car part or entire vehicle was subject to any recall. We demand full compensation for anyone who is injured and the families of anyone who is killed due to defective auto parts.
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- Why are manufacturers strictly liable for defective car parts?
- What types of defective auto parts may cause accidents and injuries in Chicago?
- Who is liable in Illinois for a defective auto part?
- How does a recall of a cart part affect my product liability claim in Chicago?
- Do you have a defective auto part lawyer near me?
Why are manufacturers strictly liable for defective car parts?
With so many parts on a vehicle, there are numerous defects that can lead to injuries. Car manufacturers are in the best position to prevent defective vehicle parts. They’re in the best position to design parts that function properly, especially in emergencies. Manufacturers must use quality materials and quality construction methods. Manufacturers need to ensure car owners and drivers understand how to safely use each car part and what the risks are.
Manufacturers are required to know the latest and best manufacturing best practices They are required to comply with any recalls. Manufacturers must ensure each component of a car is crashworthy, meaning they will function properly and will minimize the risk of injuries if the vehicle is in a crash.
When any part of the car you drive is defective due to design flaws, lack of structural integrity, or other defects, drivers, passengers, and anyone else hurt by the defect have the right to file a strict liability claim against the manufacturer.
Who is liable in Illinois for a defective auto part?
At Gainsberg Injury and Accident Lawyers, our Chicago auto defect lawyers file product liability, breach of warranty, and negligence claims against the manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of the car parts. We may also file negligence claims against any repair companies who failed to properly repair known defects.
We also file claims against any other responsible parties, such as another driver who drove while distracted, sped, or was negligent in any way.
What types of defective auto parts may cause accidents and injuries in Chicago?
Some of the many types of auto part defect cases we handle include:
- Tire defects. These problems may include tread separation, inadequate construction, or shredding of the tire.
- Brake defects. These problems may include thin brake drums or poorly constructed pads. Brake failure leads to some of the most devastating accidents on the roadways.
- Seat belt failures. Seatbelts are extremely important to protect passengers during an auto collision. When seat belts fail to perform, the results can be fatal. If seatbelts fail, you may be ejected from a car, bounce around inside a car, or become trapped if you can’t unlock your seatbelt after an accident.
- Defective airbags. Airbags offer an additional defense against the serious injuries caused by collisions. Inadequate design or manufacturing can prevent the airbag from opening properly. Exploding airbags can turn a minor accident into a fatal tragedy.
- Defective door latches. With a defective latch, the vehicle door may appear closed when it is not. Related accidents may involve the door flying open while the car is in motion.
- Lack of crashworthiness. Under federal law, all vehicles must meet a level of crashworthiness, which measures its ability to prevent injuries during an accident. When this standard is not met, the manufacturer can be held liable for resulting injuries.
- Electrical or computer defects. Many car parts rely on electricity and/or computer software and hardware. If these parts malfunction, the car can fail to operate properly, recognize emergencies, or respond to emergencies.
- Steering defects. If your steering locks up without warning, your car can stop in traffic, veer into oncoming lanes, or take you in a direction you shouldn’t go.
- Roofs. When cars roll over, the consequences can be catastrophic. Roofs should be designed to provide some protection in the event of a rollover accident in Chicago.
At Gainsberg Injury and Accident Lawyers, our Chicago auto defect lawyers work with product safety experts, engineers, and other professionals to show your accident occurred because a manufacturer put their profit ahead of your safety.
How does a recall of a cart part affect my product liability claim in Chicago?
Defective tires, brakes, airbags, and other auto parts may be subject to recalls by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the manufacturer itself. Recalls are often made after there are enough reports or complaints of accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
The NHTSA should inform the manufacturer of the recall and the terms for compliance. Car owners can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine if any part of their vehicle has been recalled. When a recall is issued, the manufacturer must notify the owners of the recall. The notification requires informing the owner about what auto part is affected, why that part is defective, and what steps the owner can take. Common steps include informing the owner when and where the auto part can be fixed or replaced or reimbursing the owner for the cost of a new non-defective auto part.
There is no requirement that the vehicle part that caused your accident or the death of a loved one be subject to a recall. A recall helps verify that your product was defective. Alternatively, our Chicago product liability lawyers work with professionals who can explain what part was defective and why the defect caused your accident.
Do you have a defective auto part lawyer near me?
Gainsberg Injury and Accident Lawyers meets clients at our office located at 77 W Washington Street, Suite 1215, right in downtown Chicago. There are two bus stops right near us if transportation is an issue. Our Chicago defective auto part lawyers review cases by phone and by scheduled video conferences. We also meet Chicago accident victims who are too immobile or ill to come to our office at a hospital where they are receiving treatment.
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Reliable and affordable representation for car part defect victims in Chicago
At the client-centered practice of Gainsberg Injury and Accident Lawyers, we consistently provide clients like you with high-quality personal injury representation. If a defective car part caused your accident, our Chicago defective auto parts attorneys have the experience and resources to hold manufacturers are others responsible for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and property damage. Call us today or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We believe in putting the needs of our clients first.