Pennsylvania Auto Defects and Recall Attorneys
Over 254 million passenger vehicles are registered across the United States, and every day, millions of Americans will get behind the wheel of a car, truck, van, or SUV. We count on our cars and other vehicles to be well-designed, sturdily built, and rigorously tested for safety, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. Accidents routinely occur due to flaws like defective design, manufacturing defects, failure to warn, and lack of adequate safety testing. When a defective vehicle or faulty component results in an accident, the victim may be able to collect compensation through filing an auto products liability claim.
If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a recalled or defective vehicle, the experienced auto defect and recall lawyers of Reiff & Bily can help you fight for maximum compensation. We fight aggressively for our clients, and hold insurance companies and auto manufacturers accountable for their mistakes. We have over 90 collective years or experience representing accident victims and offer free initial consultations, so don’t wait until it’s too late to file your claim. Call (800) 861-6708 today to start exploring your legal options.
Not only do dangerous and defective vehicles cause serious physical injury, the accidents they cause frequently leads to debilitating emotional trauma and costly medical bills. When you are already struggling to cope with your physical pain, psychological wounds, and healthcare expenses, the last thing you want to do is engage in a draining, frustrating battle with insurance companies and their representatives. You should not have to accept the financial consequences of an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM CONTACTED BY AN INSURANCE COMPANY?
We discourage accident victims from speaking with insurance representatives before contacting an experienced lawyer. Insurance companies may offer you a settlement that is inadequate for the severity of your accident and injuries, or you may feel backed into a corner by false or exaggerated claims. Let the auto defect and recall attorneys at Reiff & Bily handle the legal work, so that you can focus on what really matters: making a recovery. Our attorneys have represented dozens of automotive defect clients in the Philadelphia region. Our legal team has extensive experience handling automotive defects including:
- Defective Air Bags— including misshapen airbags, airbag that inflate unnecessarily or too late, exploding inflators, and airbag failures.
- Defective Child Seats— including improper angle of recline, plastic shell breakage or fracturing, harness and latch defects, faulty harness straps, and dangerous padding material.
- Defective Seat Belts— including failure to lock on impact, unlatching during an accident, inability to disengage latch, breaking or tearing of belt, and retractor errors.
- Defective Tires— including inner liner defects, tread separation, cracking, sudden loss of inflation pressure, belt edge separation, and tire shredding.
- Exploding Gas Tanks—including gas tanks that were positioned in such a way that rear impact collisions can cause fires and explosions.
We Are Major Auto Defect & REcall Attorneys
Negligent auto manufacturers may be held liable for the pain and suffering caused by inadequately designed or tested vehicles. Dangerous defects have led to major recalls on several occasions in recent years. Some prominent examples include:
In April of 2014, Toyota announced five large-scale recalls affecting over 6 million vehicles around the world. These recalls covered a staggering 27 models, including best-sellers like the Camry, the Corolla, and the Highlander. Of the 6.39 million recalled vehicles, 2 million were located in North America. Problems behind the recall included a defective air bag cable and seat rails.
In 2009 and 2010, Toyota recalled nearly 4 million vehicles after it was discovered that a poorly designed floor mat could jam accelerators and prevent braking. Tragically, this particular recall came too late for Mark Saylor and his family, who were killed when their Lexus ES350 accelerated to over 100 miles per hour due to this defect.
In 2014, Toyota agreed to settle the matter for $1.2 billion. According to FBI Assistant Director George Venizelos, the auto manufacturer “put sales over safety and profit over principle,” leading to the wrongful deaths of four innocent people.
In 2001, the Ford Explorer was a best-selling SUV. However, the Explorer had two dangerous problems: a center of gravity placed too high on the vehicle could easily lead to a fatal rollover accident, and Firestone tires which suffered from an extremely high failure rate. In 2001, over 250 fatalities and 3,000 serious injuries were attributed to this deadly combination, leading to a massive recall which affected more than 2.8 million tires.
GM (General Motors)
In February of 2014, GM recalled more than 2.6 million cars after at least 13 deaths were linked to a malfunctioning ignition switch. The switch malfunction could put a moving car into “accessory mode,” effectively disabling power steering, power brakes, and airbag function. As of April 2014, GM is facing more than 36 lawsuits related to the defective ignition switch. The recall affected numerous models, including the Chevrolet Cobalt, the Pontiac G5, and the Saturn Ion.
CONTACT OUR ATTORNEYS FOR HELP FILING A CLAIM
While filing a liability claim cannot heal your physical injuries or emotional wounds, a financial recovery can help to cover your medical costs and income losses, hold the guilty party accountable for their actions, and potentially save others from being hurt by the same product failures and defects in the future.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to an automotive defect or recalled car, contact the experienced attorneys at Reiff & Bily online, or call us at (800) 861-6708 for a free and private consultation.
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