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Can a Car Part Manufacturer Be Liable for a Car Accident?

Not all car accidents are caused by a negligent or reckless driver. In fact, many crashes are single-vehicle collisions, meaning there is just one driver. Who might be to blame, then, if it is not a driver’s mistake that leads to a crash?

It could be an auto part manufacturer’s error that caused your crash. All the parts of your vehicle need to be in tiptop condition for safe operation. A part or component that is incorrectly manufactured could pose a hidden danger to you each time you get into the vehicle.

A few examples of dangerous auto parts include:

  • Airbags: Takata Corporation was infamously at the center of the largest worldwide auto recall ever after it was discovered that its faulty airbags could kill a driver or passenger in even a low speed collision. The airbag could burst with too much force, throwing deadly metal shrapnel into the air.
  • Seatbelts: Defective seatbelts are a persistent and harrowing issue for all drivers. Many people buckle up and believe they are safe in case of an accident, only to be harmed due to a buckle break or similar issue.
  • Seatbacks: In recent years, the driver and passenger seatbacks were found to be weak, collapsing in rear-end collisions. The collapsing component could cause the driver or front-seat passenger to crush anyone sitting behind them in a crash.
  • Tires: Vehicle tires poorly manufactured can warp, burst, or tear without warning. In early 2000, Firestone recalled millions of tires linked to defects that caused hundreds of deaths worldwide.
  • Brakes: A defective braking system in a vehicle can prove exceptionally dangerous. Many truck accidents can actually be linked to faulty or poorly maintained brakes.
  • Accelerator: Back in 2010, various Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles were affected by a deadly accelerator defect that would cause vehicles to run out of control, not reacting to brakes. The company paid billions in compensation to people affected by what was called a crisis.
  • Engine block: In spring of 2019, Hyundai and Kia were investigated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) after reports of engines randomly igniting, sometimes without anyone even being in the vehicle.

Honest Representation for People Just Like You

Were you or a loved one hurt due to a vehicle defect, or in a crash caused by one? You deserve compensation, but taking on an automaker or part manufacturer will be challenging. Give yourself a real chance at securing maximized compensation by teaming up with The Dickinson Law Firm in Woodstock. Our firm can represent you all throughout your car accident claim fighting each moment to get every last penny in damages you deserve.

To get more information about your rights after a car crash, contact our law firm today.