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Vehicles are complex machines that many of us rely on for transportation and convenience. Unfortunately, the vehicle itself can cause injuries resulting in an accident due to car defects. When a vehicle malfunctions and causes an accident, it puts everyone on the road in danger. A problem that can be seen as small can change someone’s life and lead to severe harm for both them and their loved ones.  

The manufacturer may be liable for injuries related to the car defects. In a case like this, the car manufacturer or the specific part that broke may have some liability.  

Sometimes, if the seller of the vehicle doesn’t let you know of a defect before selling it, they could be held responsible. An attorney here at Habush Habush and Rottier can assist you in identifying the party that is at fault after your accident. They can even advocate for you to obtain damages on your behalf.

8 Common Car Defects That Manufacturers May Be Liable For

1. Airbags

When an airbag deploys during a collision, it can offer valuable protection to our bodies. Unfortunately, defective airbags can result in:  

  • Brain damage 
  • Burns 
  • Lacerations across the face and torso

The airbag manufacturer may be liable when their product fails to properly function.  

2. Seat belt defects

Seat belts are designed to keep us in place during an accident. But when the seat belt is too loose, tight, or poorly constructed, it could fail. Manufacturers who sell defective seat belts can be held accountable if those seat belts fail to keep someone in place during an accident. 

3. Structural defects

Automobiles might come with slight defects that make us less safe, and that are not clear to the eye.

Structural car defects can cause potential issues such as:  

  • Weak roof  
  • A poorly constructed frame  
  • Door locks that fail
  • Seatback that fails to protect a user in a rear-end accident
4. Design defects

Issues with the vehicle’s design or a specific part of the vehicle can cause injuries. Crashes and explosions are more likely to happen when the vehicle design is defective. This can happen due to tires, seatback brakes, or a fuel tank.  

5. Rollover cases

It is possible that a vehicle may fail to protect its occupants when it rolls over or flips. Talking to an attorney is the first step toward compensation after a rollover.

6. Child safety seats

Keeping your child or children safe is the number one goal of many parents. An investigation can determine if a manufacturer is at fault when a child’s car seat fails to keep the child safe. 

7. Defects of tires and rims

The wheels of a vehicle are among its most important features. When a tire unexpectedly blows out, a serious collision can occur.

8. Computer system failures

A network of sensors within the vehicle collects information. That is then analyzed by a computer to control various crucial components in a vehicle. These computers can then determine what actions will make the basic operation of the vehicle the most efficient or safest.  

Unfortunately, the following issues can happen if a car computer fails:  

  • Engine problems 
  • Transmission errors 
  • Anti-lock brake issues 
  • Loss of electronic help systems
  • Loss of driver’s help systems 

Along with these problems, software errors may cause the vehicle to operate in an unintended unsafe manner. That could lead to a potential accident. 

Do You Need a Defective Car Attorney?

Accidents involving automobile defects are extremely complicated and often involve in-depth investigations into design and manufacturing processes, which our attorneys and their team know how to effectively conduct. The team of experienced defective car attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier can help you navigate an automobile defect claim.

If you need an attorney to look over your case for you. Please call Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-242-2874.  


Attorney Timothy S. Trecek

Milwaukee, West Bend
In 2020, as lead trial counsel, Tim Trecek obtained a $38.1 million verdict against Hyundai Motor Company, for a defectively designed seat back and head restraint system in his client’s 2013 Hyundai Elantra (see news story). The verdict is the largest single-plaintiff compensatory award in Wisconsin history. The verdict included $7.77 million for the plaintiff’s spouse, another record for Wisconsin verdicts. Based on the significance of his 2020 verdict, Tim was honored to receive the Robert L. Habush, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, the second time being recognized with said award. He was also awarded The Litigation Counsel of America’s Tommy Malone Outstanding Verdict Award, an honor bestowed upon one attorney in the US whose verdict is extraordinary in amount or significance. Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.

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