Drivers in the United States are often well aware of the presence of defective car parts on the road. Car manufacturers like GM, Toyota and others have garnered media attention for defects present in their automobiles, and a 2009 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides that since 1966, more than 390 million cars, 46 million tires and 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment have been recalled from consumers across the country.

But defective car products occasionally wind up on the shelves of distributors and eventually in the cars that we drive. In some cases, these defects may lead to accidents that cause devastating injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident because of a defect car part, the personal injury attorneys at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. can help you recover adequate compensation.

Types of Accidents Caused by a Defective Cars or Parts 

There are a broad range of defective car parts that can cause motor vehicle accidents.

Some examples of safety-related car defects may include: 

  • steering components that quickly fail, leading to loss of vehicle control.
  • air bags that fail to deploy or that deploy under the wrong conditions.
  • wiring system problems, which could lead to the failure of any electrical systems in the car.
  • seats and seat backs that fail and quickly recline without the driver’s intent.
  • accelerator controls that stick or break, leading to unintentional acceleration of the car.
  • faulty brakes.
  • instrument panel defects.
  • sticking gas pedals.
  • ignition switch defects, which could cause the engine to shut off.
  • Or, defective fuel pump (malfunction). 

Drivers can search, a website maintained by the NHTSA, to see if one of the parts in their car is subject to recall. Whether or not the part is present in the database, an injured party still can file a personal injury claim if the part was defective and caused the injury.

Our Defective Products Attorneys Identify Those Responsible 

Placing liability on a party responsible for a defective car part can be a complex process. The defect may have been due to a manufacturer creating a defectively designed or manufactured product. It may be been the result of the shipping company carelessly transporting the products, leading to a defect. Or the defect may have arisen while the product was in the hands of the distributor.

No matter the case, an accident attorney can use his or her knowledge of the law to find the liable party and hold that party responsible for their actions or negligence.

Let Us Help You Today 

New York law allows those injured by defective products to recover payment from those who are liable. The time in which a claim can be brought doesn’t last forever — Section 214-b of the New York Civil Practice and Law Rules provides that claimants have up to three years to file a claim after the date of the accident. An injured party is barred from making a claim after this period has passed.

Don’t wait any longer if you have been injured in a car accident because of a defective car or part. Contact the defective products attorneys at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. today to discuss your case. We will help you seek justice and compensation for your losses. You can reach us today at 800-550-0000.