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What Classifies As An Automobile Defect?

Automobile manufacturers have an obligation to ensure the vehicles they build are safe and meet all regulatory standards. When safety and performance standards are not met and result in injury to or death of passengers, manufacturers should be held liable. Examples of automobile defects include:

  • Stuck or broken accelerator controls
  • Broken or cracked wheels, resulting in loss of control
  • Malfunctioning or failed windshield wipers, resulting in loss of visibility
  • Wiring issues, resulting in fire or lighting loss

Automobile defects can result in serious accidents, injuries, and even death.

Did you know? Traffic crashes are the biggest killer of Americans under 34. How many of those accidents are caused by defective auto parts? Sometimes this true cause is never discovered. Our plaintiffs law firm always considers the possibility of auto defects when evaluating a car or truck accident case.

When an automobile has a defect, it should be recalled by the manufacturer for safety. However, some manufacturers fail to do so, and even if they do, recalls can have inconveniences of their own.

Did you know? Each year, automobile manufacturers issue about 500 recalls. We stay up to date on the latest recalls and use this information on behalf of our clients to ensure they receive the maximum compensation possible for injuries related to defects.

When an automobile has a defect, it needs to be recalled by the manufacturer for safety. However, some manufacturers fail to do so, and even if they do, recalls present serious inconveniences of their own.

When Is An Automobile Defect Serious Enough For A Lawsuit?

You can make a claim if the following conditions exist:

  • The automobile manufacturer failed to warn consumers of a dangerous aspect of the vehicle
  • The defect caused an injury even though the automobile was being used in the way it was intended
  • The vehicle or defective part has not been changed substantially from its original condition

Automobile manufacturers are liable for damages even if the person making the claim does not identify the exact fault. All that an owner, operator, or passenger needs to do is prove that the manufacturer was responsible and that the accident or incident actually occurred.

How PCVA Can Help

If your automobile has a defect or you were injured because of a defect, whether or not there was a recall, then a product liability lawsuit may be appropriate. In both cases, we can help you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Complete our online form or call us at (253) 777-0799 or (206) 462-4334 to speak with a trusted lawyer for free.

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The installation of faulty ignition switches in several General Motors car models resulted in numerous incidents and accidents. A series of recalls were launched to resolve the problem, with over 2 million cars recalled so far. However, because there are many affected individuals, plaintiffs have filed a class action lawsuit against GM for damages. Our lawyers file product liability claims for individuals as well as in class actions.

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Our work is done on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay us on an hourly basis, and we advance the costs of litigation. If we help you resolve your case, we receive a percentage of the amount you receive, and you reimburse us for the costs we advanced on your behalf.