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Vehicle Defects

Accidents Involving Vehicle & Auto Part Defects

Were Your Injuries Caused or Made Worse by Vehicle Defects?

Every year, defective auto parts cause numerous fatal accidents, and turn many survivable wrecks into accidents that severely injure drivers and passengers.

While consumers can protect themselves by paying attention to auto recalls, it is often the case that these recalls take place after defects and faulty components have already caused accidents, injuries, and deaths. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our legal team draws from nearly a century of combined experience to fight on behalf of victims harmed in all types of car accidents, including those involving defective auto parts.

Under product liability laws, manufacturers, distributors, and dealers or retailers that make unsafe vehicles and parts available to the public can be held liable when those faulty products cause preventable harm. Although product liability claims enable accident victims to secure the compensation they need, they demand the attention of seasoned attorneys who know how to hold negligent manufacturers and other parties accountable.

Defective Safety Devices: Seat Belts & Airbags

Some of the most tragic injuries and deaths are those caused by the very devices meant to protect us. When safety devices are poorly designed or manufactured, they can be more dangerous than if they were not used at all.

Potentially dangerous seat belt defects include:

  • Retractor failure
  • Unintentional unlatching
  • Shoulder strap which sits too high
  • Door mounted shoulder straps causing ejection
  • Automatic shoulder straps

Airbags can also cause serious injuries and wrongful death, as has been shown by the numerous casualties resulting from defective airbags made by Takata, a Japanese auto part manufacturer. Oftentimes, airbag injuries result from defects in the design and manufacturing phase, which can result in malfunction and failures.

Common airbag defects and failures include:

  • Deployment when there is no accident
  • Failure to deploy
  • Deployment with too much force

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a defective airbag or seat belt, please contact our vehicle defect lawyers in Washington, DC to schedule a free case evaluation. Our team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. represents defective product victims throughout the Washington, DC metro area, and beyond.

Injuries & Fatalities Caused by Defective Car Seats

Saddest of all are defective car seat fatalities, caused by the devices we trust to provide an extra layer of protection for our children. Manufacturers are obligated to put safety first when creating their products; however, cutting corners, using cheap materials, or producing a subpar design can all lead to serious and preventable injuries.

When child seat manufacturers break the trust of their consumers, they can be held liable.

According to recent industry studies, around 80% of child car restraints on the market are produced without defects. Unfortunately, that means 20% of child seats that are purchased by unsuspecting families may be unsafe. Every year, thousands of children are seriously injured or killed because defective child restraints failed to do their job.

Some common car seat flaws that can endanger your child include:

  • Seats which separate from the base and/or buckle failure
  • Confusing instruction manuals, which lead to improper installation
  • Weak cushions or frames that come undone easily
  • Faulty latches that come apart too easily
  • Faulty strap adjusters that make the straps too tight or too loose
  • Straps that tear too easily due to low-quality materials

Car accidents put every passenger at risk for an injury, but when a child restraint is defective, it can cause your child to suffer more severe injuries than they would have if the seat was functioning properly.

Although they seem minor, these defects can result in a small child being thrown from their seat, trapped in place, or even injured by the restraints themselves. If a defective child seat has turned your recent car accident into a medical emergency, our experienced attorneys in Washington DC can help you hold the manufacturer accountable.

Fuel-Fed Fires & Explosions

Survivable accidents, including those which knock victims unconscious, can turn deadly when a fire or explosion is involved. A properly designed and functioning fuel system contains the fuel, even during an accident.

Fuel system defects are the source of fires in auto accidents and can include:

  • Design flaws
  • Faulty parts
  • Improper installation

Other Common Vehicle & Auto Part Defects

There are many other types of vehicle defects, including:

  • Defective tires
  • Defective ATVs
  • Faulty brake systems
  • Faulty steering systems
  • Door latch defects
  • Commercial truck underride protection defects
  • Poor roof crush resistance
  • Commercial truck cab guard defects
  • Faulty engine lights
  • Spontaneous acceleration

Request a FREE Consultation to Discuss Your Rights

If you believe injuries or the death of a loved one was caused by a defective vehicle or auto part, do not hesitate to contact the Washington, DC vehicle defect attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our award-winning lawyers have extensive experience holding negligent parties accountable for their failures and liable for the damages victims suffered as a result – and have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

By requesting a free consultation, you can speak personally with a member of our team to learn more about your rights and what we can do to help you.