A recent recall highlights the danger of defective products in vehicles.
Cars are a fact of American life. Unless we live in a big city with a robust public transportation system, most of us hop in a vehicle every day to get to work, school, or just around town. Our vehicles have gotten increasingly complicated over the years, and each new feature brings with it the possibility of a defect that could cause accidents or injuries.
Recently, Nissan issued a recall of 134,000 vehicles due to a faulty seal in the braking system that could lead to an electrical fire. This issue with the seal could cause fluid to leak onto the car’s circuit board, sparking an electrical fire. Nissan owners can determine if there is a leak by looking at the anti-lock brake warning light; if it stays illuminated for more than 10 seconds after the car is started, then owners should park the car away from any flammable structure and call Nissan immediately for assistance. This recall affects the Murano SUV and hybrid models manufactured between 2015 and 2017, along with the 2015 -2016 Maxima with intelligent cruise control.
Nissan is not the only car company that has had to issue a product recall due to a defective product or improper manufacturing of the vehicle. In recent years, many different car models, including Jeeps and Toyota Camrys, have been subject to recalls. You can check to see if your car or truck has a recall notice by visiting the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There, you can enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if there is a recall of your vehicle or any of its parts. The VIN is typically located on the driver’s side door frame.
Recalls involving cars are just one type of product liability claim that can arise in your daily life. Everything from the food you eat to the medicine you take and the phone you use could have a dangerous defect that could cause injuries or even death. There are three primary reasons that products may be defective: (1) improper labeling; (2) manufacturing defects; and/or (3) design defects. Improper labeling happens when a product does not have adequate warnings to protect consumers; for example, if a cleaning product could produce noxious or dangerous fumes if mixed with another cleaning product, it would be considered to be improperly labeled if the product did not contain a warning about that possible reaction. A manufacturing defect can happen in any number of ways, such as if a wire was improperly installed in an appliance, leading to an electrical fire. A design defect can happen when something about the design of a product was faulty, causing issues, such as a ladder that is designed to fold in a particular way is actually too unstable to safely hold a person’s weight.
If you or someone that you love has been hurt by a defective product in a vehicle or by any other dangerous or defective product, you will need a skilled products liability attorney to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker today at 800-333-0000 or email@example.com to learn more about how we can help you if you’ve suffered an injury or loss due to a defective product. We offer free initial consultations, and we never charge a fee unless we get money for you!