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Auto Defects

Pittsburgh Auto Defect Attorneys

Defective Auto Part Claims & Lawsuits

Car accidents happen on the road every day, but when those accidents are caused by a defective auto part, it can further complicate the process of determining fault and seeking compensation. Car manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that the vehicles they produce are safe for consumers to drive, but when they cut corners or fail to properly test their products, innocent people can suffer the consequences.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident caused by a defective auto part, Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. wants to hear from you. Our team of experienced Pittsburgh auto defect attorneys is here to help. We are committed to fighting for your rights and holding negligent manufacturers liable for the harm that their unsafe auto parts and products have caused.

For a free consultation, please call (844) 383-0565 at any time.

Different Types of Auto Part Defects

Auto part defects can cause serious or even life-threatening accidents, so it's important to be aware of the different types of defects that can occur. If you are in or have been in a crash, then knowing the types of defects can help steer the investigation into the accident. Our attorneys can research the history of your vehicle to look for similar issues or relevant recalls.

Five of the most common auto part defects are:

  • Brake failure: If the brakes fail due to a defect, it can lead to unpredictable and catastrophic accidents. Brake defects can be caused by a range of issues, including faulty brake pads, brake lines, or calipers.
  • Airbag failure: If a car's airbags fail to deploy during an accident, the driver and passengers are at risk of severe or fatal injuries. Airbag defects can result from issues with the sensors, circuits, inflation mechanisms, or software defects.
  • Seatbelt malfunction: When a seatbelt is defective, it can lead to serious injuries in a crash. Malfunctioning seatbelts can include problems with the retractor mechanism, defective latches, or faulty buckles.
  • Tire defects: Tire defects can occur when a tire is improperly manufactured or designed. This can lead to tire blowouts or loss of control of the car. Tire defects can be caused by a range of issues, such as inadequate bonding between the rubber and steel in the tire's belt or plies, weak belts or plies, and improperly applied adhesives.
  • Steering defects: Steering issues, such as the loss of steering control, can be caused by defects in the design or manufacture of the steering system. These problems can occur when there are issues with the steering column, steering gear, or tie rods.

Are Automakers Liable for Auto Defects?

Automakers can be held liable for auto defects, depending on how and why the defect occurred. They have a responsibility through product liability laws to ensure that the cars they produce are safe for consumers to drive. If a defect arises, it's up to the automakers to issue recalls and make necessary repairs. Failure to do so can result in injury or death, and the company can be held liable for any damages or injuries that occur.

Expert Testimony from Mechanics & Engineers

When pursuing a case involving an auto part defect, expert testimony from mechanics and engineers can be vital in proving liability. Mechanics and engineers have extensive knowledge of how cars work and are designed, and they can provide insight into the cause of the defect. They can examine the defective part, assess the design and manufacturing of the product, and determine whether the defect was caused by the automaker’s negligence.

Expert testimony can help prove liability in several ways, such as:

  • Establishing negligence: Expert testimony can explain to the court the standard of care required of manufacturers and how the defendant failed to uphold that standard. The expert can provide evidence of how the defect could have been prevented during the design, manufacturing, or quality control processes.
  • Providing technical details: Mechanics and engineers can provide technical details that can be key in helping the court understand the cause of the defect. They can explain how the defective part caused the accident, and why the automaker could have predicted the problem.
  • Reinforcing credibility: Experts are seen as credible and trustworthy sources of information. Their testimony can help back up the plaintiff's claims and carry weight with a judge or jury.

Learn More About Starting a Claim – Call Now

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a defective auto part, lean on our Pittsburgh auto part defect attorneys today. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of those who have been harmed due to the negligence of automakers. We can work tirelessly to pursue the compensation and justice you deserve, even if it means taking a large automaker to court.

Don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your legal options today.

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