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by Jeff Rasansky - November 20, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

Some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world have had to recall dangerous products in recent years.

Honda, Subaru and other big names had issues with side-impact air bags. Toyota had problems with their accelerators that were related to the pedal getting stuck in the floor mat. When these products are recalled, the fix is provided for free or a defective product is completely replaced. For vehicles, they are almost always fixed and the problem resolved. Defective car parts can cause injuries and death as well as lead to financial harm to the people whose vehicles are recalled.

Car wreck complications.

There are many complications involved in figuring out whether a defective car part had a role in any given accident or not. Generally, no problems are suspected until several people have the same failure. In the best case scenario, the media will pick up on these failures and they will capture people’s interests. The reason that this is the best case scenario is that it ensures that everyone with the affected vehicle has access to information about the problem.

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Defective Seat Belts

Sometimes, however, the problems can go on long after it is discovered At the height of the coverage of the issues with Toyota’s accelerators, for instance, large news outlets such as MSNBC were still reporting that there was no “easy answer” as to why these parts were causing problems. Having an issue identified doesn’t necessarily equate to knowing what’s causing it and, most certainly, it doesn’t mean that there’s automatically a solution.

Responsible businesses.

Businesses will often recall defective products voluntarily once an issue is identified. But sadly, this isn’t always the case and, famously, there have been instances of auto manufacturers leaving products on the market when they knew that there were dangerous issues that were unresolved. When this happens, there are usually lawsuits filed over the damages that people suffer.

When you buy a product, you have a reasonable expectation that it’s designed, manufactured and advertised properly. When it fails in any of these regards, the product may be called defective. There are many remedies for the damages caused by defective products. Sometimes, the manufacturers will voluntarily reimburse customers. In other cases, the manufacturers need to be brought to court before they will take any action.

If you have been injured because of a defective part on a car, be sure to talk to an attorney about the matter so that you know whether or not you have cause to sue.

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