If you’ve been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, you may have a product liability claim against the vehicle manufacturer. This is an issue that often arises with tires that are prone to blowouts, or defective airbags (as seen in the Takata incidents a few years back).
When filing a product liability claim involving a motor vehicle, it will probably fall under one of these two categories:
- Defective manufacturing of vehicles or vehicle parts: These claims involve vehicle parts or full vehicles with improper manufacturing. This could be a result of errors in the manufacturing process, or a problem arising at the dealership or during shipping.
- Inherently defective or dangerous designs: In this type of case, the vehicle may have been properly manufactured, but the design of the vehicle itself was inherently dangerous and increased the likelihood of accident or injury. These vehicles may have been on the market for an extended time before the discovery of the defective design.
In either type of case, you will need to determine the defendant(s) before proceeding with the case. Depending on the type of accident and defective part, the defendant could be anyone within the chain of distribution, including the vehicle manufacturer, manufacturers of a specific part, a car dealership, an auto supply shop, a shipper or a used car dealer.
If the defective vehicle involved in the case did not belong to you, you can still file a claim against the negligent party. This includes cases in which you borrowed a vehicle and were injured due to a defect, or in which you were in an accident caused by a person whose vehicle had a defective part.
For more information about how to proceed with your case, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL auto accident lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.