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Vehicle Defects

Vehicle & Auto Part Defects

Washington, DC Car Accident Attorney

Each year, defective vehicles and auto parts cause numerous fatal auto 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.

Involved in a wreck caused by a defective auto part or product? Contact us for a FREE consultation.

Seat Belts, Airbags, and Car Seats

Some of the most tragic injuries and deaths are those caused by the very devices meant to protect us from injury. 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.

Often airbag injuries result from defects in the design and manufacturing phase, which can result in malfunction and failures that include:

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

Saddest of all are the defective car seat fatalities, caused by the devices we trust to provide an extra layer of protection for our children.

A defective car seat can kill a child during normal driving conditions, when there is no crash. These defects can include:

  • Inadequate padding
  • Shoulder straps which come loose
  • Buckle failure
  • Seat which separates from base
  • Weak area where seat attaches to the seat belt allowing the seat to launch
  • Complicated, confusing instruction manuals - leading to improper installation

Fuel-fed Fire

Survivable accidents, including those which knock victims unconscious, can quickly turn deadly when fire or explosion is added to the equation. A properly designed and properly 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 Vehicle Defects

There are many other vehicle defects which can cause serious accidents. Some examples include:

  • 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 personal injury 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 along the legal journey ahead.