Dangerous Motor
Vehicles and Defective
Safety Equipment

You rely on vehicles and their safety equipment to protect your life in case of an accident. But what happens when these products fail to perform their intended function or, worse yet, cause harm on their own? In serious or catastrophic injury cases, all theories of liability must be investigated. In certain situations, you may be entitled to seek significant compensation from the manufacturer of these defective products. The best way to establish liability and determine if you have cause to file suit is through a free case evaluation with one of our experienced defective vehicle lawsuit attorneys.

Case Quick Facts

Equipment That Can Be Defective

Some examples of prior defective vehicle features and safety equipment include:

  • Seat belts and buckles
  • Airbags
  • Head injury protection and restraints
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Electronic stability control
  • All-wheel drive
  • Traction control
  • Rollbars
  • Frame design
  • Tires
  • Autonomous driving features

Child car seats and restraints may fall under the category of defective vehicle safety equipment as well. If your child has been injured by a defective car seat, we will investigate its faulty parts, identify the liable party, and fight for the compensation your family deserves.

The Injuries

The injuries in a vehicle lawsuit can be various. Not only could you receive a range of physical injuries, but there could also be a financial, mental, and emotional cost.

Who Is Liable?

Determining the liable party for injury caused by a defective vehicle component depends on several factors. The vehicle’s manufacturer may be liable, but so too might a third-party company or contractor. This is but one of many reasons you need an experienced defective vehicle attorney on your side from the moment you are injured in an accident. The car and/or equipment must be preserved and inspected, otherwise a case may not be possible.

Can’t I Trust the Manufacturer?

Sometimes a manufacturer or an insurance company may call and ask if you would allow them to take a vehicle or product to “inspect”. Please do not agree to let them do this. Auto manufacturers and parts companies have top legal teams and insurance companies working on their side to ensure the profitability of their company. Our Minnesota defective vehicle equipment lawyers are here to protect you against the tactics employed by these companies.

These cases are extremely complex and require significant resources and an extensive knowledge of engineering, design, quality control, physics, accident reconstruction, and the law. GoldenbergLaw regularly receives referrals from attorneys around the country to evaluate and litigate their client’s product liability cases.

GoldenbergLaw Can Help

GoldenbergLaw is here to help you. We care about defending the innocent when an accident happens to them. They are at little to no fault, and it is important that they are compensated fairly for their inconveniences and pain.

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True Story

“Al” was a married father of two living in northern Minnesota. It was still dark outside as he drove to work early one morning. Suddenly, a horse that had broken through its fence ran directly in front of his car. Having had no warning, Al was unable to stop and ran into the horse. The horse then fell onto the car’s roof, its weight causing the roof to collapse and crush Al. Among other injuries, Al sustained a broken neck, which ultimately resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic. Al’s family hired GoldenbergLaw to investigate this case. We obtained Al’s vehicle and immediately put it into storage to preserve all evidence. We then had it inspected by a national expert, who determined that had the vehicle been built to appropriate standards, the “A pillars” that made up the roof’s support would not have collapsed. We commenced a suit against the car manufacturer on a “crashworthiness theory” and against the farmer for improper fencing. After extensive litigation, we were able to obtain a significant confidential settlement for Al and his family.

Defective Vehicle Recalls

The most prominent example of a vehicle recall is General Motors, which announced 54 recalls affecting more than 25 million vehicles.

Ignition switch malfunctions directly resulted in the deaths of several drivers when their vehicles suddenly lost power. GM’s CEO was even called before Congress to answer charges that the company did not move quickly enough upon hearing of the defective switches.

Recently, a 1 billion dollar settlement was reached between the plaintiffs and the creditor trust for GM.

Defective Vehicle Recalls

Ford recalled nearly 1.5 million vehicles for steering malfunctions and other issues.

Defective Vehicle Recalls

Subaru recalled 660,000 vehicles in cold weather states, including Minnesota, after fears of rust and corrosion in brake lines.

Defective Vehicle Recalls

Arctic Cat recalled over 20,000 snowmobiles because of a fuel tank crack that could lead fuel to leak into the engine compartment, posing a fire hazard. Arctic Cat has received reports of 918 incidents, including 6 reports of fires, with the snowmobiles. No injuries have been reported.

Defective Vehicle Recalls

Takata had to recall more than 14 million airbags for problems related to the bag rupturing and sending dangerous debris into the vehicles. So far, there have been 11 deaths linked to this defect. Takata has agreed to pay $1 billion over airbag fraud and three of the company’s executives were criminally charged. That total includes the $125 million that is earmarked as restitution to people who have been physically injured by defective airbag systems.

Carmakers are also paying settlements. Plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit over defective Takata airbag inflators have reached a settlement with Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, and BMW that’s worth $553 million. This does not cover injury suits which, are continuing to be pursued.

Why Choose GoldenbergLaw?

If you find yourself considering a defective vehicle lawsuit, our Minnesota team is here to help. We have years of experience working with cases involving vehicles and equipment, and when you combine that experience with our passion for helping others, you get a skilled and dedicated team of lawyers that is ready to serve you. If you are sick of worrying about things regarding your case, contact us today.

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