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The Dangers of Defective Auto Parts

Toyota Motor Co. recently recalled 885,000 vehicles because of a defect that could prevent the airbags from deploying during an accident. The airbags also could spontaneously deploy without cause or warning, creating a dangerous situation for the driver and everyone else on the road. The recall affects 2012 and 2013 Camry hybrids and sedans, as well as the Venza crossover and the full-size Avalon sedan and hybrid.

Cars don’t always function as the manufacturer or buyer anticipates. When a driver discovers a defect, it’s often too late. If you’ve been injured because of a defective auto part, there are some several different facts to consider:

  • Common defective auto parts Defects are especially dangerous when they affect a vehicle’s safety gear. Here are some common auto part defects to be aware of:
    • Seatbelt latching system failure
    • Seatbelt webbing defects
    • Airbag defect, by failing to deploy or deploying without reason
  • Liable parties The liable parties after an accident may include the other driver, the owner of the other vehicle and the manufacturer of a defective part that led to the crash. In some situations, the vehicle manufacturer may be strictly liable when a defective part causes an accident. Strict liability means the victim does not have to prove negligence. This liability can extend to:
    • Manufacturing defects
    • Design defects
    • Assembly defects
    • Installation defects
  • Potential damagesThe victim of a crash caused by a defective auto part may be entitled to compensation for:
    • Medical expenses
    • Rehabilitation costs
    • Lost wages
    • Diminished earning capacity
    • Pain and suffering

If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a defective auto part, contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale auto accident attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you pursue legal action against all liable parties and obtain the compensation you deserve.

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