Although many car accidents are caused by driver error or weather conditions, there are many that are caused by safety defects within the vehicles. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act allows the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) power to issue vehicle safety standards and recall vehicles that do not meet federal safety standards, or have safety-related defects. Since that time, millions of cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles have been recalled for safety defects.
An auto defect is one that could directly impact the safety of the driver, passenger, and others on the road. These can include:
Air bags that deploy at the wrong time
Car ramps and jacks that could collapse and cause injury
Accelerator controls that break or stick
Wheels that crack or break, resulting in loss of vehicle control
Seats or seat backs that fail unexpectedly
Wiring system issues that result in a fire or loss of lighting
Steering components that break suddenly, leaving the driver without control of the vehicle
Even though recalls are put in place to protect the public, there are often recalled vehicles that wind up in car lots and are sold to unsuspecting buyers. Often, a vehicle is not recalled until a tragedy occurs, and the defect is discovered.
If you have been the victim of an accident that may have involved an auto safety defect, please call the New Jersey product liability lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100, or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to win the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, and we represent clients throughout the state.