A Car Defect Attorney Who Can Hold Large Car Manufacturers Accountable

image of car manufacturerA car accident is not always the fault of a driver. In some cases, a product defect such as a fuel system failure, faulty airbags, or seatbelt malfunction may be the primary cause. Unfortunately, these accidents can have serious consequences, resulting in severe or fatal injuries and property damage. If you or your loved one has been injured as a result of a defective product, the product or vehicle manufacturer should be held accountable. At his practice in San Diego, CAcar defect attorney, Kerry Steigerwalt has been fighting for more than 30 years to protect the rights of victims. Our team can investigate all aspects of your case and represent your best interests judiciously. Contact us today to for a complete case review.

Common Types of Defects

Manufacturers have a responsibility to distribute safe products. When manufacturers fail to do so, they need to be held financially accountable for their oversight. Due to the complex structure of vehicles, there are many parts that may be defective, including the:

Airbag: When an airbag fails to deploy at the time of an impact, drivers and passengers can sustain traumatic injuries to the brain, neck, spinal cord, and limbs. Without proper protection from an airbag, the likelihood of fatality in an accident increases by 11 percent.

Seatbelt: One of the most important safety precautions is the safety belt. Common seatbelt defects include latch or retractor failure, as well as spooling, which occurs when too much of the seatbelt is let out.

The results of oversights and mishandled safety features can have devastating consequences for injured parties and their families. 

Fuel System: The inadequate design of a fuel tank, or a small puncture in the tank, can cause a vehicle to burst into flames shortly after a collision.

Support Structure: In a rollover collision, a faulty roof can lead to preventable injuries.

Tires: A faulty belt or tread can cause a flat unexpectedly, which can result in a collision or rollover accident depending upon the driver's response.

Door Latch: Locked or unlocked, the latch is designed to keep the door securely closed, even in the event of a rollover or collision. The failure of the latch to properly lock can result in the driver or passenger being thrown from the vehicle.

Manufacturers Fail to Keep You Safe

Car manufacturers have access to the most dynamic safety materials, products, and teams available. At times, important safety features may be omitted or overlooked to lower the cost of production. In other cases, proper safety protocol and testing were not sufficiently implemented. The results of oversights and mishandled safety features can have devastating consequences for injured parties and their families. 

Trust Our team to fight for justice on your behalf

Lead attorney Kerry Steigerwalt has extensive knowledge and resources and can hold large automobile manufacturers responsible for negligence. If you or your loved one has been injured as a result of a faulty product, please contact us online, or give us a call at (858) 413-9228. We can help you recover financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional suffering.