Chicago Auto Defects Lawyers

When you purchase a vehicle, you expect that vehicle to be safe and protect you and your family in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, even with the 1966 implementation of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, hundreds of millions of cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and tires have been recalled due to safety defects. While these recalls aim to have safety issues resolved for the majority of vehicle owners, they are often issued after injuries or deaths have already been reported.

At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our Chicago auto defects lawyers understand how devastating an accident caused or made worse by an auto defect can be. From costly medical bills to lost wages, an accident in a defective automobile is often difficult to recover from both physically and financially. By taking legal action, our team will work with you to provide you with a chance to receive the compensation you may need after being hurt by a defective car.

Safety-Related Auto Defects

While a malfunctioning radio or excessively chipping paint may be annoying, these auto defects are not safety risks. Safety-related auto defects are those that risk the safety of drivers and passengers, and possibly exist within a number of vehicles of the same make and model or with the same parts. Some examples of safety-related auto defects include:

  • Airbags that do not deploy in the event of an accident, or deploy at an unintended time
  • Faulty steering components that lead to sudden loss of control of the vehicle
  • Leaking fuel issues that can result in a vehicle fire during an accident
  • Wiring issues that can cause vehicle fires
  • Faulty brakes
  • Seats and seat backs that do not stay in place while driving or during an accident
  • Seat belts that break or malfunction
  • Any components that break unexpectedly, causing injury or loss of control
  • Broken wheels that result in failure to control a vehicle

Any of these defects can result in an unexpected and potentially catastrophic accident.

Remedies for Recalled Vehicles due to Auto Defects

Manufacturers are allowed three possible options to resolve a defect under the law once a recall is issued. These three options include the following:

  1. Repair – manufacturers may repair the defect, which is typically have done at a local dealer for your particular vehicle free of charge
  2. Replacement – manufacturers may replace the vehicle with the same vehicle lacking the defect, or a similar model
  3. Refund – manufacturers have the option of refunding the consumer with the price that they paid for the vehicle, taking a reasonable amount of depreciated value into account

If you are issued a recall warning but a manufacturer refuses to offer you any options to resolve the problem with the vehicle, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Contact an Auto Defects Lawyer in Chicago

If you have suffered injuries from a recalled vehicle, you may have the option to take legal action. Taking legal action may help you receive the funds needed to recover from your injuries. With over $400 million recovered for our clients, our Chicago auto defects lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, are experienced and prepared to help you fight for compensation. To contact one of our auto defects lawyers today, call (312) 346-8620.