Auto Defect Lawyers in Buffalo
Representing Victims of Defective Automobiles & Vehicle Parts in Western New York
One of the most common—and most deadly—types of defective products is defective automobiles and auto parts. Whether these auto defects cause or exacerbate car accidents, they play a major role in countless catastrophic injuries and deaths every year. Even when manufacturers issue auto recalls, they are still liable for the harm and devastation these defects cause.
If you or someone you love was injured in an automobile accident or due to a defective auto part, it is crucial that you reach out to an experienced attorney, as these are often very complex cases. At Richmond Vona, LLC, we know how to conduct exhaustive investigations into automobile accident claims and what to look for in order to determine if an auto defect played a role in the crash and/or the victims’ injuries. We have considerable experience in this area of law, as well as a proven legacy of success. Over the years, our attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Common Auto Defects
Motor vehicles comprise hundreds of parts, all of which must work properly in order to keep motorists and their passengers safe. When any one of these parts is defective, it can cause a chain reaction that may lead to a devastating accident or exacerbate a passenger’s injuries when a crash occurs. While any auto part can be defective, some have been the subject of complaints and recalls more frequently than others.
Some of the most common auto defects include:
- Tires: Faulty tires can lead to shredding, blowouts, and other serious problems that can—and do—lead to serious and sometimes deadly collisions.
- Seatbelts: A defective seatbelt may come unlatched, fail to “lock” on impact, or otherwise not do what it is supposed to: keep passengers safe.
- Airbags: Airbag recalls have involved airbags that fail to inflate upon impact, those that project debris when inflating, and those that cause asphyxiation after inflating, among other problems.
- Brakes: When braking systems are defective or fail, motorists are unable to prevent collisions or, in some cases, even slow down, leading to devastating crashes.
- Steering Components: The steering components of a motor vehicle are critical to maintaining control and avoiding collisions; defects can be deadly.
- Fuel Pumps: Defective fuel pumps can lead to cars that won’t start or which lose power when the driver accelerates. This, in turn, can lead to major accidents.
- Headlights and Taillights: Malfunctioning headlights and taillights can cause other motorists to fail to see a vehicle, which may lead to head-on and rear-end collisions.
- Engine Systems: Defects involving the engine systems are not uncommon; they are also potentially deadly when they give out while a motorist is operating his or her vehicle.
These are just some examples of common auto defects and recalls, but there are many other working parts of any given vehicle, all of which can be faulty. If your car has been recalled, it is absolutely critical that you have it repaired or the faulty part replaced immediately.
Who Is Liable for Auto Defects?
Determining who is liable for a given auto defect typically involves first determining what type of defect the auto or auto part has.
There are three main types of defects:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Failure to warn defects
A design defect means that the actual design of the product or part itself is faulty. This means that it is inherently unreasonably unsafe for normal use or that the design is such that foreseeable dangers are unreasonable in nature. Meanwhile, a manufacturing defect occurs when a product or part is not manufactured correctly, is missing parts, or becomes contaminated during production. A failure to warn defect, also known as a marketing defect or labeling defect, occurs when the liable party fails to provide adequate warnings to consumers regarding the safety of the product or part, as well as its potential hazards. A failure to warn defect could also involve missing instructions or similar warning labels.
Our Buffalo auto defect attorneys conduct exhaustive investigations in order to determine what type of defect an auto or auto part had, what role this played in the accident, and who is liable for your resulting injuries and/or damages.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our Buffalo auto defect lawyers today. We will sit down with you, listen to your story, and share how we can help you fight for a fair recovery.
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Auto defect claims can be very difficult to prove. Additionally, large automobile manufacturers and distributors are hesitant to admit liability, and their insurance providers will often do everything they can to dispute, devalue, or deny claims. After all, it is in their best interests to protect their bottom lines.
However, at Richmond Vona, LLC, we believe that the makers and distributors of defective automobiles and auto parts should be held accountable. Our attorneys are committed to securing justice on behalf of injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed throughout Western New York. If you believe you or your loved one was harmed by an auto defect, we stand ready to fight for you and your recovery.
Call (716) 300-5885 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win your case.
How do I know if my car has been recalled?
Knowing whether your car or motor vehicle has any recalls is important, as you need to have these taken care of right away. To find out if your vehicle has been recalled, visit the National Highway Traffic Administration’s website (nhtsa.gov) and select the “Recalls” tab on the home page. From there, you will be prompted to enter your vehicle’s 17-character VIN number. You can find your VIN number either on your registration card or on the label on the lower left-hand corner of your windshield. After entering the VIN on the NHTSA’s website, you will be informed as to whether your vehicle has any parts or issues that need to be addressed.
What should I do if my car has been recalled for an auto defect?
Have it repaired immediately. The manufacturer of the vehicle should repair the part for you at no charge. Take your car to the dealership or another authorized repair shop to have the defect addressed. If the auto defect is not repairable, the manufacturer will provide you with another identical vehicle or a similar model.
When should I hire an attorney?
If you are having difficulty receiving your free repair or replacement, or if you were somehow injured as a result of the auto defect, reach out to an attorney. It’s important that you understand and protect your rights, and an experienced legal team can help you do just that. We encourage you to call Richmond Vona, LLC as soon as possible to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation during which we will meet with you, listen to your story, and provide helpful information on next steps.
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