No one thinks about whether the car door will work correctly; you assume it will. However, defective door latches and defective child safety latches account for numerous deaths and thousands of deaths each year when the latches fail in auto accidents. Door latch failures could lead to car doors opening unexpectedly or broken locks trapping a person inside of a vehicle in an emergency.
Newer motor vehicles are designed with autolocking doors, keyless entry, and push-button ignition technology. It is incredible to think that each car required two keys to operate only a generation ago: one to unlock the car door and one for the ignition. We tugged on knobs buried in the doors to lock and unlock the doors. Electrically operated locks were considered a luxury item. At the time, door locks were only used to prevent unlawful entry into the cars when they were not in use. Times have changed.
We expect our doors to stay closed in a crash, but many times, they do not. Conversely, we expect them to open when we need them to open. However, a misaligned door, a poorly manufactured handle, electronically operated door locks that malfunction, and doors that lock and unlock intermittently without user input indicate manufacturing defects.
Automakers are responsible for producing safe automobiles. Many automakers claim that their vehicles have so-called five-star safety ratings. Making those claims comes with the concomitant responsibility to ensure that the car is as safe as the automaker advertises. Consequently, manufacturing defects in safety features like door locks could lead to significant legal liability for car manufacturers, the companies that manufactured the parts of the doors and door locks, as well as the subcontractors that assemble the doors. Victims of defective automobile safety devices could receive damages for wrongful death, medical bills, and financial losses, as well as pain and suffering.
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