When you purchase a car, whether it is new or second-hand, you expect that it will adhere to safety standards, and you are likely to be confident that it will function as it should. However, there are many times when it is found that a car is defective. This means that it has a fault that is directly due to its design or manufacture.
These defects often do not become apparent until an incident occurs such as a crash or a breakdown. When such an incident occurs, the owner of the car will likely want to take legal action against the seller of the car or the manufacturer of the car.
How can car owners prove their vehicles are defective?
A vehicle is designed to have features to both prevent crashes and protect passengers when a crash does occur. Therefore, when filing a legal claim, it is important that the car owner can show how the vehicle has functioned in regard to "crashworthiness". This means that they should show that the vehicle was inadequately prepared for preventing a crash. There should be crashworthiness features in place in every car, from crumple zones to fire prevention strategies and functioning airbags. If any of these features were found to be faulty, it is likely that the owner of the vehicle will have a high chance of a successful claim.
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect or you have been injured in a crash in California, it is important to take action to get the justice that you deserve.
Source: FindLaw, "Car Defects: The Concept of "Crashworthiness"," accessed May 10, 2018