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By on June 5, 2024 | Posted in: Auto Accident, Car Accident Death, Car Accident Injury, Product Liability

Car recalls and malfunctions seem to be in the news a lot. The headlines can be very sensational, such as “Thousands of Cars Recalled Due to Potential Brake Failure” or “SUVs Taken off the Road Due to Engine Fires.” The headlines can be alarming and cause fear. However, it’s important to know the truth about accidents caused by malfunctions and who might be to blame when an accident does occur. 

Driver in car accident caused by malfunction

Car malfunctions can occur unexpectedly and lead to serious accidents on the road, but more often than not, they aren’t because of the manufacturing errors that make the headlines.  Understanding the common causes of car malfunctions in such situations is essential for protecting yourself and seeking legal recourse if necessary. 

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How Common Are Car Accidents Caused by Malfunction?

By Car Accident Help Help on June 5, 2024 | Posted in: Auto Accident Car Accident Death Car Accident Injury Product Liability

Car recalls and malfunctions seem to be in the news a lot. The headlines can be very sensational, such as “Thousands of Cars Recalled Due to Potential Brake Failure” or “SUVs Taken off the Road Due to Engine Fires.” The headlines can be alarming and cause fear. However, it’s important to know the truth about accidents caused by malfunctions and who might be to blame when an accident does occur. 

Driver in car accident caused by malfunction

Car malfunctions can occur unexpectedly and lead to serious accidents on the road, but more often than not, they aren’t because of the manufacturing errors that make the headlines.  Understanding the common causes of car malfunctions in such situations is essential for protecting yourself and seeking legal recourse if necessary. 

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Can a Used Car Dealer Sell a Car with an Unfixed Recall?

By Car Accident Help Help on March 20, 2018 | Posted in: Product Liability

spanner-3013135_1920Used cars are often bought and sold without regard for any manufacturer recalls—and it’s perfectly legal to do so. Unfortunately, some repairs are vital. Delia Robles, a 50-year-old woman in Riverside, California, was driving her 2001 Honda Civic when she was killed by her airbag exploding, sending metal parts flying. Her vehicle was among the many recalled due to a defective Takata airbag, which is believed to have caused approximately 15 deaths to date. She was yet another used vehicle buyer who unknowingly purchased a dangerous vehicle. New car dealers must disclose and repair vehicles under recall, but used car sellers are not required to disclose or repair recalls for sales transactions.

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Do Electric Cars Have Disadvantages in Accidents?

By Car Accident Help Help on February 10, 2018 | Posted in: Product Liability

pexels-photo-110844In recent years, there have been more options in the hybrid and electric vehicle market. These vehicles are touted as more environmentally friendly, and obviously reduce our dependence on oil. Since 2007, there have been over 3.6 million such vehicles sold in the U.S. There are dozens of “pros and cons” that can be debated when evaluating electric vehicles, but one potential consideration is how these new vehicles compare to gas-powered vehicles in accident safety.

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Car Hacking: Could It Happen to You?

By Car Accident Help Help on January 25, 2018 | Posted in: Product Liability

pexels-photo-97079The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation has reported that statewide, there were 10,169 car thefts in 2015. In Tulsa, there has been a recent wave of auto thefts. These thieves seem to work in small groups, moving through residential neighborhoods after dark. In addition, the thieves use garage door openers from the vehicles with attached garages to access homes, searching for valuables. With more surveillance cameras now in use, many of the thefts can be seen on tape.

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Autonomous Trucks—Are They Safer?

By Car Accident Help Help on October 31, 2017 | Posted in: Product Liability

eighteen-wheeler-614201_1920Autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve transportation of both goods and passengers. Self-driving vehicles are likely to emerge in the commercial trucking sector, a large segment of the economy that is responsible for transporting 70% of all freight, which translates to over 10 billion tons. An American Trucking Association (ATA) report stated that the industry is currently in need of 48,000 additional drivers.

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Volkswagen Faces More Recall Woes

By Car Accident Help Help on October 21, 2017 | Posted in: Product Liability

vw-2541294_1920The wave of automobile recalls has continued in 2017 with Volkswagen now conducting a recall on 281,000 vehicles across the U.S. for a potential problem involving fuel pump failure. This applies exclusively to models with gasoline-powered 4-cylinder engines, including the 2009–2016 CC models and the 2006–2010 Passat models. Records show that there is a potential electric outage in the module that controls the fuel pump. This lack of power results in a sudden stoppage of flowing fuel, which stalls the engine, stopping the vehicle in its tracks.

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Driverless Trucks Coming to a Highway Near You

By Car Accident Help Help on October 7, 2017 | Posted in: Product Liability

truck-602567_1920A House Committee on Energy and Commerce bill known as H.R. 3388 that encourages the production “self-driving vehicles” is being considered in Congress.

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Takata Strikes Again

By Car Accident Help Help on October 1, 2017 | Posted in: Product Liability

texture-860666_1920An investigation is underway after the 13th death attributed to a faulty Takata airbag unit.

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Theories of Product Liability in Oklahoma

By Car Accident Help Help on December 1, 2016 | Posted in: Product Liability

automobile-seatThe idea of product liability is a shift of responsibility for the injuries sustained by an individual to the company responsible for the manufacture or design of a product. Especially given that parents are legally obligated in Oklahoma to use car seats for their offspring, it is imperative that these products are to be designed and produced in such a way as to protect lives and increase safety.

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Oklahoma Car Accidents Caused by Defective Auto Parts?

By Car Accident Help Help on July 5, 2016 | Posted in: Product Liability

With busy roads spanning the greater Oklahoma City area, car accidents are a frequent occurrence. Accidents can have many causes including reckless driving, negligence, intoxication, and manufacturer defects. Accidents can result in serious property damage, injury, and death. Because of the inherent risks, the federal government is adamant about making sure our vehicles and our roads are built and maintained as safely as possible. Cars made available to the public have to be tested and proven to be safe for driving American roads. When a law-abiding driver falls victim to an accident caused by a manufacturer defect, they may be eligible for compensation. Designing, building, and distributing safe cars are the responsibilities of auto manufacturers.  The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act assures that the automotive industry stays accountable to this. Originally passed in the late 1960’s, this act requires all vehicles to pass federal safety inspections. If a vehicle, or a defective vehicle part, is determined federally unsafe, it must be recalled. Millions of cars and parts are recalled each year.

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