Defective vehicles and vehicle parts can cause serious damage to drivers and passengers alike. Arizona drivers in a car that malfunctions may have grounds for an auto product liability case. However, most would like to reduce the risk of such an issue in any way possible. To this end, the federal government is recommending that Americans review safety recalls on their vehicles using an online services.
The hype around self-driving cars has certainly intrigued many consumers across the country. However, recent headlines have raised concerns about auto product liability, insurance coverage and safety regulations around these vehicles. What can and should Arizona drivers expect in terms of regulation and protection as autonomous cars become increasingly in vogue.
Every Arizona driver is legally obligated to adhere to traffic laws and safety regulations each time he or she gets behind the wheel to drive. On the flip-side, automobile manufacturers also have obligations, such as to make sure the vehicles they make available for purchase are safe for consumers to use. Auto product liability claims are often filed by people who suffer injuries because of driving or who are traveling as passengers in vehicles that contain defective parts.
General Motors has one of the top spots in this country for brand recognition. Many Arizona residents are loyal GM customers who value the brand's reputation and safety features. Recently, the company issued a recall for a potential defect that could lead to a serious crash. Those who have suffered injuries due to a defective vehicle component may have a basis for filing an auto product liability claim.
The decision to purchase a new or used vehicle is one that requires much consideration. For many Arizona residents, several factors play a role in their decision-making process, including the safety and reliability of a particular model. When a consumer suffers either a serious injury or substantial monetary damages due to a defective vehicle, he or she may have a basis for filing an auto product liability civil suit.
In 2009, as the country was in the throes of a major economic recession, carmakers were required to improve fuel mileage. In response, Ford Motor Company produced two models that touted fuel economy in an affordable car. However, these models have been plagued with transmission problems that have placed customers in Arizona and elsewhere in potentially dangerous situations and have been the subject of several auto product liability lawsuits.
The decision to purchase a vehicle is seldom undertaken without consideration of a particular model's safety and reliability reputation. Once a customer makes the purchase, he or she is entitled to reasonable expectations that the vehicle will perform in a safe and satisfactory manner. When an Arizona resident suffers injuries or sustains significant property damages due to a defective vehicle component, an auto product liability claim may be warranted.
For the past several years, both foreign and domestic car makers have been forced to issue recalls for a problem with Takata airbags. Those recalls came after several people were either killed or injured when their airbags exploded, sending sharp, metal fragments into passenger compartments. When these types of tragic events occur, Arizona residents may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through an auto product liability civil suit.
When the assembly-line automobile was first introduced, the possibility of a mechanical failure may not have been a serious issue since the machines were relatively simple. Advances in technology may have led to increased performance capabilities, but they have also led to increased complexities in computer-assisted engines that incorporate more components that could fail without warning. Arizona residents who have been injured or sustained significant property damages due to a faulty vehicle component may have grounds to pursue an auto product liability claim.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a federal agency responsible for keeping people safe on the nation's roadways. Some say it's not doing it's job, at least with respect to a problem with certain makes and models of BMWs. Over 90 complaints have been filed with the agency, saying that the luxury vehicles burst into flames spontaneously. Reportedly, the NHTSA has not yet opened a formal investigation. In Arizona and across the country, this may lead accident victims to pursue auto product liability claims for monetary damages.