Defective Automobile Cases

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When auto manufacturers rush to get their vehicles to market without proper safety measures or skimp on quality parts to protect their profit margins, defective cars and trucks are often the result. In fact, in 2013, more cars were recalled than were sold-by 45%! Of those recalls, the manufacturer initiated 68.2%-the remaining 32% were the direct result of consumer complaints and litigation.

If you were injured or a family member was killed due to a defective motor vehicle, we may be able to help you hold the auto maker accountable and pursue the financial compensation you deserve and need. Our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in individual and consumer class action verdicts and settlements in cases related to vehicle design defects and faulty auto parts, among other areas. Call us at (215) 278-4449 have your case reviewed by a lawyer at Golomb & Honik, P.C.

Auto Manufacturer Safety Obligations

Every vehicle that comes off the assembly line should maintain a standard of safety, including sound crashworthiness, and properly designed and installed protective measures such as seat belts and air bags.

Likewise, fundamental components such as axels, brakes, and tires should be effectively engineered, manufactured, and installed. When negligence occurs in the manufacturing process, severe injuries and wrongful death can result, and automakers must be held responsible for their actions.

Auto Companies Deflecting the Blame

Unfortunately, automakers do not always accept the blame for their faulty and defective vehicles. Although the NHTSA requires all automakers to report defects that are found internally to the agency within 5 days, a large majority of car manufacturers do not. Since 2009, automakers have paid more than $85 million in fines for deliberately withholding defects from the public. This is excluding the recent record-breaking $66.5 million fine Toyota was hit with this year by the NHTSA. In addition, Toyota agreed to a $1.2 billion fine to defer criminal prosecution for misleading consumers about unintended acceleration complaints.

Even with fines and criminal investigations to worry over, automakers still avoid accepting the blame for their defective and dangerous products. To make matters worse, internal communication often shows elaborate cover-ups and schemes that are designed to reduce liability and deflect the blame for the defect towards the consumer.

Automakers in Hot Water Recently

In recent years, several notoriously big names in the auto industry have been in hot water over their defective and dangerous vehicles. Some of those have included industry staples, such as:

  • GM
  • Toyota
  • Ford
  • Mazda
  • Chrysler
  • Nissan
  • Honda
  • Lexus
  • Jeep
  • BMW

For Help with a Defective Auto Lawsuit, Call (215) 278-4449

Our nationally recognized product liability attorneys have extensive experience protecting consumers and successfully challenging big automakers. Most recently, our lawyers have successfully represented consumers in class actions claiming defective auto parts against a car manufacturer and a design defect case against a motorcycle manufacturer, both of which led to safety recalls.

Other common defective motor vehicle lawsuits we have handled, including individual claims related to:

  • Defective brakes
  • Defective tires
  • Faulty air bag deployment
  • Faulty seat belts
  • Fuel system malfunctions
  • Seat-back failures
  • Passenger ejection
  • Vehicle rollover

The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Golomb & Honik, P.C. can help with your defective auto lawsuit. Fill out a free case evaluation form or contact us at (215) 278-4449 to get started today.