Injured? Call our Philadelphia product liability attorneys now!
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
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.
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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:
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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.