Clancy & Diaz, LLP Articles Automotive Defect Cases Lead to Safer Cars

Automotive Defect Cases Lead to Safer Cars

By Clancy & Diaz, LLP  Oct. 17, 2013 1:26p

Many claims and lawsuits have been made against auto manufacturers in the last few decades which have resulted in safer vehicles for the public. These lawsuits have stemmed from defective component parts and faulty vehicles which have led to injuries, deaths, and financial losses for consumers. The first of its kind in this type of lawsuit occurred in 1916 in New York when an injured auto owner was awarded what would amount to $115,000 in today's dollars for a defective part in his Buick. The auto owner contended that the manufacturer had failed to make the car roadworthy. That case put into legal play the concept that automakers owed their consumers a duty to provide a safe product.

Since that initial case, other famous cases have led to changes in how automobiles are constructed. One case involved the Ford Pinto in which rear-end collisions often led to dangerous explosions. This was caused by a gas tank issue, which was later corrected after litigation. Another famous case involved Toyota Motor Corporation, which faced lawsuits stemming from incidents of unintended and sudden acceleration in some of its models when the accelerator pedal would stick. In 2010, Toyota paid $16.4 million in fines, a record-breaking amount which was sought by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The fines were levied due to the company's concealment of defects which it knew about for four months before alerting the NHTSA. Federal law requires automakers to inform the federal agency with five business days of auto defects. The case affected approximately 2.3 million Toyotas owned by consumers.

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Cases involving defective autos, auto parts, and other consumer products are called product liability cases. Claims and lawsuits against manufacturers of consumer products are based on strict liability laws which hold these companies responsible for injuries stemming from faulty or malfunctioning items.

In the greater Oakland area, the personal injury firm of Clancy & Diaz, LLP represents those who have been injured in negligence-based accidents and through using defective products. The firm has been successful in hundreds of cases and has been recognized for its excellence by many organizations in the legal industry. Attorney Pete Clancy has been recognized for four consecutive years as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has been included in the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40. All of these distinctions reflect the outstanding legal ability and client service you can expect to receive at this firm. If you need assistance in filing a personal injury claim, contact the firm to schedule a free case consultation as soon as possible.

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