Defective Vehicles Put Us at Risk


The following is a guest post from the Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Bisnar & Chase.

Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time in our cars, and the last thing we need is for them to be unsafe and defective. It’s unavoidable in a car culture and the sprawl-type of landscape that we have here in California. Since we’re spending so much time in our cars, we should be insisting that the cars we drive shouldn’t be defective and should be built with our safety in mind.

Why Are Vehicles Defective?

The answer to this question is simple; it saves auto makers money and creates more profit. Many times auto makers choose to use a less safe version of a seatback, seatbelt, or steering column because typically these car parts will be cheaper than safer, higher quality parts. After all, the auto industry is a business right? Safety, unfortunately, isn’t their chief concern.

Types of Defective Vehicles

One of the most common types of auto defects is found in Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Since these vehicles are so top heavy, they roll over very easily where the roof can cave in and crush, injuring the passengers. Seatback and seatbelt failures are fairly common as well. Passengers can be ejected from vehicles when a seatback fails or a seatbelt is faulty.

Ford manufactured the Pinto, which infamously had gas tanks that could easily rupture after a collision at low speed. Instead of fixing the problem immediately and halting production, Ford chose to roll the dice and take their chances. Ford wanted to save money and was prepared to offset lawsuits with profits from their sales. They determined it would cost $121 million to fix the problem opposed to an estimated $49.3 million in costs of lawsuits against the company. Again, profits were on their mind not safety.