The term products liability refers to defective and dangerous products which cause both personal injury and property damage. Every year in the U.S. thousands of people suffer serious injury, wrongful death or serious property damage as a result of using a defective and dangerous product.
Product liability refers to a manufacturer or seller being held liable for placing a defective or dangerous product into the hands of consumers. Responsibility for a product defect that causes personal injury or wrongful death can apply to all sellers of the product in the distribution chain. This would include the product manufacturer, a manufacturer of component parts, the wholesaler or the retail store that sold the product.
Generally, a product can be defective or dangerous in one of three situations. First, there could be a manufacturing defect which resulted in the product being dangerous. Second, there might be a design flaw that causes the product to be inherently dangerous. Lastly, there may be a marketing defect, where a dangerous condition exists and is known by the manufacturer or seller which could have and should have been warned against but was not. Any one or all of these conditions could lead to serious personal injury, wrongful death, or property damage.
If you have sustained a personal injury or property damage due to a defective product, please give us a call at 512.478.2211
Austin Auto Defect Lawyers
When consumers purchase and drive a motor vehicle, they assume it will keep them and their families safe. Unfortunately, due to poor designs, poor manufacturing, or carelessness on a corporation’s part, certain vehicles may result in serious injuries or death.
Common defects in motor vehicles:
- Ford roof crush and rollovers
- Audi seatback failures causing paralysis or death
- Goodyear tire defects
- Honda and Acura seatback failures
- Lexus airbag failures
- Volkswagen emissions
- Defective component parts causing serious injury or death such as tires, seatbelts, and seatback failures.
- Manufacturing defects
- Design defects
- Failure to warn
- Roof crushing
Automobile Roof Strength
Per the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, More than 10,000 people die each year in rollover crashes. These deaths can be prevented if the roof of the vehicle had been made stronger. When vehicles roll, their roofs hit the ground and can deform and crush inward into the passenger compartment or “survival space”. The stronger the roof, the more survival space, and the safer passengers are in rollover accidents. Stronger roofs can prevent occupants from being ejected from vehicles when, and if the roof does deform in anyway during an accident.
The original Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 216 required that a vehicle’s roof be able to withstand a force of 1.5 times the weight of the car. The rule was extended in the early 1990s to include all passenger vehicles up to a gross weight rating of 6,000 pounds. While this has since changed further by Standard 216a, many SUVs and pickups on the road today have not been recalled and are still under the old Federal Safety Standard and are exempt. This is a serious safety hazard in the United States.
Helping Accident Victims With Automobile Defect Claims
Cars and other vehicles have more safety options than ever. However, when safety and design features fail due to manufacturing or design defects, the results can be catastrophic. The personal injury lawyers of The Wenholz Law Firm in Austin are dedicated to helping accident victims with auto defect claims. We will work hard to ensure that all negligent parties are held accountable for their actions while helping you pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a faulty airbag or another type of automobile defect, we would like to hear from you. Call us at 512-478-2211 to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
Dedicated Representation For All Auto Defect Cases
Our attorneys handle all types of defect claims involving automobiles. From defective seatbelts to airbags that fail to deploy the way they are designed to do, to tire defects that result in blowouts and serious accidents, we will protect your interests while working to maximize your recovery.
These types of cases can be complex. A thorough investigation is often in order to determine whether liability lies with the auto manufacturer, a parts supplier, distribution chains or other parties. We will examine all aspects of the accident in an effort to ensure that those who are negligent are held accountable for their actions.