Nagle & Associates, P.A. exclusively handles automobile accident claims on behalf of victims. One of the many types of auto cases we handle is the auto defect claim. If your accident was caused by a defective automobile or automobile component, then you could have a "lemon law" or auto product liability claim. Vehicle manufacturers are required to design and manufacture cars, trucks and SUVs that meet current industry safety standards. When they fail to do so, and people are injured, victims may be able to file claims against the manufacturers for compensation.
Lemon law includes auto defect cases, but not all auto defect cases are lemon law cases. According to the North Carolina New Motor Vehicles Warranties Act (§ 20-351), new vehicles purchased in North Carolina that are later recalled (or have parts recalled) by the manufacturer within the first 24 months or 24,000 miles are covered. This means that owners whose vehicles are covered by lemon law can receive a full refund for repair or replacement of the recalled part. For more on North Carolina lemon law, visit the North Carolina Department of Justice online.Auto Product Liability Cases We Handle
Nagle & Associates, P.A. handles just about all types of auto defect cases. Some of the most common that we encounter include the following:
- Brake Failure - This is one of the most dangerous types of auto defects. When brakes fail, especially when vehicles are traveling at high speeds, this can results in severe and even fatal accidents. While owners are responsible for timely replacement of brake pads, some brake failures are the direct result of faulty manufacturing.
- Seat belt & Airbag Failure - Seatbelts and airbags are designed for the sole purpose of protecting occupants in the event of a collision. When they fail due to false latching, deployment failure, retractor failure and more, occupants can be seriously injured.
- Steering Failure - Power steering failure, locked steering wheels, steering wheels that become "loose" during operation… these are all examples of steering failure that could result in auto defect claims.
- Tire Defects - Vehicle owners must replace and rotate their tires as necessary to avoid the tread separating from the wheel or skidding caused by low tread, but sometimes vehicle tires are defective even before the tread is worn down.
Was your car accident caused by an auto defect or a defective car part? Contact a North Carolina auto accident attorney at Nagle & Associates, P.A. today. Our lawyers represent clients throughout the state from offices in Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Wilmington, and beyond. Call (800) 411-1583 today for your free initial case evaluation.