Auto defects can occur with passenger automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, and vans, and they have the potential for serious consequences. Millions of vehicles with defects wind up on the market – many with the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. For example, in 2014, almost 64,000 vehicles were recalled in the United States.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are numerous reasons for recalls, including:
Problems with vehicle lights
Problems with seat belts or child restraints
Seats that do not provide proper support or fail
Accelerators that stick or break
There are two types of auto defects – manufacturing defects and design defects. Manufacturing defects are caused by errors or flaws in the manufacturing process that were not intended in the design. Design defects, which include the entire product line, are intended as part of the product.
The injuries caused by auto defects can range from mild to severe, and can be life-altering and life-ending in some cases. If you have or a loved one has suffered an injury because of an auto defect, call the New Jersey product liability lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online for a free consultation. We can help pursue financial compensation for those injured by auto defects. Our offices are centrally located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.