New York City Auto Product Liability Attorneys
Our Firm Can Hold Car Manufacturers Responsible for Defective Auto Parts
Most car accidents are caused by driver error, as well as road and weather conditions. However, many crashes are also caused by defective auto parts. Car manufacturers will often avoid admitting liability, which means injured parties must fight to recover compensation for their losses. It is imperative to hire an experienced product liability attorney who specializes in defective auto part claims.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a defective auto part in New York City, our legal team at Rubenstein & Rynecki provides our clients with compassionate and personalized legal representation inside and outside the courtroom. We can examine your case, figure out all your legal options, and build a strong and effective case strategy to maximize your entitled compensation.
Common Types of Auto Defects
According to the United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety (Title 49, Chapter 301), a safety defect includes “any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment.” In general, a safety defect means an issue that is apparent in the vehicle or specific part that (1) poses a risk to the vehicle’s safety and (2) may exist in a group of vehicles with the same design or manufacture, or equipment or item of the same manufacturer or type.
Common types of motor vehicle defects include:
- Defective tires or wheels
- Defective brakes
- Defective air bags
- Defective seat belts
- Defective child safety seats
- Roof collapse
- Malfunctioning accelerator controls
- Unsafe steering components
- Malfunctioning electrical system and wiring
- Rupturing fuel tank
- Defective or glitching software of car computers
Determining Liability in a Defective Auto Part Claim
In New York, major automakers can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by defective and unsafe motor vehicle products. In product liability claims, the plaintiff (injured party) does not have to prove negligence to obtain financial compensation.
Product liability lawsuits involving defective and unsafe auto parts fall into the following three categories:
- Manufacturing defect – This occurs when a product is improperly manufactured, generally because of how the vehicle or part was made at the factory or if the product was damaged before it was used by the consumer.
- Design defect – This occurs when the design of the vehicle or part is what causes accidents and injuries.
- Marketing/warning defect – This occurs when an automaker fails to label or warn consumers of inherent dangers or risks associated with the vehicle or part.
In addition, automakers can also be held liable for breach of warranty or violating local lemon laws. When it comes to breach of warranty cases, the plaintiff must prove that the vehicle was not as safe as the manufacturer explicitly or implicitly claims it would be.
Let Us Help You Recover Your Entitled Compensation!
Vehicles, auto parts, and even child safety devices have been recalled every year. Unfortunately, many crashes involving defective auto parts may happen before such recalls are announced. Our firm is ready to help you hold automakers and manufacturers accountable and maximize the financial compensation you and your family deserve.