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Defective Vehicle Parts

Defective Vehicle Parts Accident Injury Lawsuits

Defective Vehicle Parts | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Accident: Injury

Defective vehicle parts are referred to as product liability cases. Generally there are two types of defects: manufacturing and design. A manufacturing defect exists if the product itself is different from the manufacturer’s intended result, or if the product is different from apparently identical products made by the same manufacturer. A design defect exists if the product fails to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect when used in an intended or reasonably foreseeable manner, or, if there is a risk of danger inherent in the design which outweighs the benefits of that design.M

Defective vehicle parts result in approximately 42,000 passenger fatalities a year. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act originally enacted in 1966 gives the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles with safety-related defects. Since then, more than 215 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles and mopeds, as well as 24 million tires, have been recalled to correct safety defects.

Below are just some examples of defective vehicle parts:

  1. Steering components that may break suddenly causing partial or complete loss of vehicle control.
  2. Problems with fuel system components, particularly in their susceptibility to crash damage, that may result in leakage of fuel and possibly cause vehicle fires.
  3. Improperly designed or constructed tires that may blow out unexpectedly.
  4. Accelerator controls that may break or stick.
  5. Wheels that may crack or break, resulting in loss of vehicle control.
  6. Fuel system defects that can cause vehicle stalling or fires.
  7. Wiring system problems that could result in a fire or loss of lighting.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Defective Vehicle Parts

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defective vehicle part, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified product liability attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Mercedes-Benz Owner Claims M156 Engines are Defective

Sep 21, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A lawsuit has been filed in federal court in New Jersey alleging that Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the M156 engine are defective and prone to premature wear.  The lawsuit seeks class action status on behalf of consumers  who own or lease 2007 through 2011 Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the defective M156 that were sold or leased in California. Daimler  AG, a defendant in the lawsuit, introduced its M156 engine, a 6.2-liter V8 engine, in its AMG vehicles starting in...

Toyota Issues Worldwide Recall for Some Lexus and Crown Models

Jul 6, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
  Toyota is issuing yet another worldwide recall, this time for 270,000 Lexus and Crown models. According to the automaker, flawed engine components in the recalled vehicles could make them stall while in motion. According to an Associated Press report, the recall involves 138,000 vehicles in the U.S., 91,903 in Japan, 15,000 in Europe, 10,000 in the Middle East, 6,000 in China, 4,000 in Canada, 3,704 in South Korea and 8,000 elsewhere. The vehicles, produced between July 2005 and August...

Worldwide Nissan Recalls to Fix Gas Pedals, Gas Gauges

Mar 5, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Amid a number of highly publicized automotive recalls, the Nissan Motor Co. is now recalling about 260,000 of its pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), and minivans, said the Associated Press (AP). The recall is in the United States and meant to correct brake pedal and fuel gauge problems, added the AP. It seems that a pin in the brake pedal assemblies on specific 2008 to 2010 Titan pickups and Armada SUVs, as well as some 2008 and 2009 Quest minivans can loosen, resulting in...

22,000 Corvettes Recalled

Dec 29, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
A defective roof has prompted the recall of 22,000 model year 2005-2007 Corvettes and model year 2006-2007 Corvette Z06 vehicles by General Motors. This is the second recall concerning Corvette roofs in recent years. Back in 2006 GM recalled 30,793 2005-06 Corvettes due to concerns that the adhesive between the roof panel and frame could separate in hot/humid environments.  According to the recall notice, the adhesive between the roof panel and the frame may separate. If there is a...

Toyotas Involved in Most Sudden Acceleration Complaints

Dec 8, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Toyota Motor Corporation has been at the center of some intense controversy regarding unintended acceleration issues with some of its Toyota and Lexus brands. Now, the LA Times (Times) reports Toyota registered many more reports of sudden acceleration in its 2008 model-year vehicles than other carmakers, citing a new study.Apparently, Toyota and Lexus vehicles received 41 percent of all consumer complaints registered to a federal database concerning such acceleration problems, said the Times,...

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