defective auto parts

Defective Auto Parts and Knowing When to File a Claim

What are the realities of defective auto parts?

Today's automobile companies manufacture their cars almost exclusively by robots on automated assembly lines. Most people assume that their cars are well-built, precise, and always up to standards. However, every year manufacturers recall automobiles for defective parts that cause serious harm to innocent consumers.

Because of the high expense of a recall, many manufacturers only recall defective automobiles after they have injured someone. Of course, they may be unaware of the defective part, but some still choose to ignore the problem. For example, airbag manufacturer Takata failed to disclose the dangers their product posed to consumers resulting in serious injuries and deaths, even though they were aware of the defects.

What should I know before filing a defective auto parts claim?

Because the litigation process is complicated, gather as much information as possible before filing a claim. If you're injured and you suspect a defective part is to blame, you should:

  1. Identify the suspected defective part
  2. Identify the manufacturer of that part or parts
  3. Know how the defective part contributed to your injury
  4. Keep detailed records including trips to the emergency room, your doctor, police reports
  5. Take pictures of your automobile, especially the affected part or parts

What are some common defective auto parts?

While there are thousands of automobile parts that can be defective and lead to injury, the most common are:

  • Airbags
  • Tires
  • Seat belts
  • Brakes
  • Headlights

How should I file a claim?

Finally, if you're injured, you do not have to go through this complicated experience alone. An experienced lawyer will help you navigate the intricacies of defective auto parts litigation.  and determine who should be held accountable for your suffering. We recommend consulting a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. Call Kelly Reed at 304-292-2020 to schedule your free consultation.