Auto manufacturers can be held liable for defective auto parts and automotive design defects that cause injuries and fatalities. While the car industry has been mindful of certain safety issues, it has consistently fought suggestions by consumer and safety groups interested in safer, better designs for motor vehicles, cars, trucks and SUVs. At Shea & Shea – A Professional Law Corporation, our San Jose personal injury attorneys do the complete case evaluation and work with design engineers, safety experts and lab specialists in exposing auto defects that injure or kill people.Our law firm gathers motor vehicle company records, memos and crash test data related to known risks and safety issues related to roof strength, side impacts, seat belt clasps, defective car parts and SUV rollovers. We identify these risks of defective car parts and design flaws and establish a link between them and our California clients’ injuries. To find out more about what our experienced auto product liability attorneys can do for you, call us today at (408) 292-2434.


A Plethora Of Automobile Defects Can Potentially Cause You Injury

At our firm, we see many injuries related to faulty auto parts and design.

Common culprits for injury include:

  • Failed seat belt clasps
  • Defective Car Parts
  • Roof crushes
  • Defective airbags
  • SUV rollovers
  • Tire blowouts
  • Failed door locks
  • Windshield flaws
  • Seat back failure
  • Defective brakes


Some Vehicle Design Defects Are More Prevalent Than Others

Automotive manufacturers know that the higher the center of gravity on an SUV, the more prone it is to roll over in an accident.

While there is now federal legislation requiring a roof to withstand 1.5 times a vehicle’s weight, consumer safety groups have consistently lobbied for more stringent requirements. This has led auto manufacturers to argue that product liability is not on them. They cannot be held liable for rollover-roof crush accident injuries if they meet standard requirements.

In liability law, however, a standard of foreseeability and duty of care must be considered: If someone could have — or should have — foreseen a danger associated with his or her actions, then that person had a duty of care to prevent the possibility of injury to others. In the case of SUV rollovers, car manufacturers have crash test data and information related to roof crush that clearly allow them to foresee dangers associated with the vehicle design. Their failure to strengthen roofs, lower the center of gravity or install roll bars may constitute a violation of their duty of care toward consumers who are injured or killed.



If you have lost a family member or suffered a serious injury due to an SUV rollover or defective auto part, contact a San Jose injury attorney today. We consult experienced life care planners and medical economists to ensure that our clients receive just compensation for head trauma, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations and disfigurement that often lead to long-term disability and diminished quality of life caused by defective auto products. We have the resources to help you recover the compensation you need and deserve, so send us an email for free consultation or call us at (408) 292-2434 today to learn more about getting the auto product liability claim.

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