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Defective Products

DEFECTIVE CONSUMER PRODUCTS

Defectively designed and/or manufactured consumer goods can affect those you love the most – the people in your home. Defective consumer products can include power tools, kitchen appliances, gasoline cans, and children’s toys. The courts place a significant burden of responsibility on manufacturers, distributors and sellers.

When manufacturers fail to produce safe products, innocent people are often injured or killed. Product liability claims can involve household or consumer products like space heaters or workplace items like industrial equipment. If a defective product has harmed you or someone you care about, an experienced product liability lawyer should be consulted for advice and assistance. Our defective product lawyers have represented hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of defective or unsafe consumer products.

MOTOR VEHICLES

All major auto manufacturers have issued safety recalls for defects in their vehicles. While no manufacturer can make a vehicle that can protect occupants in every conceivable collision scenario, we pursue cases against manufacturers for safety defects in vehicles that hurt people (or fail to protect them) in foreseeable crash scenarios.

As an industry standard, all auto manufacturers go through a design process that requires analyzing how a vehicle, and its various component parts, will perform in foreseeable crash scenarios. All auto manufacturers know that cars, trucks, and SUVs roll over, get hit in the front, side, rear and at different angles all around the vehicle. They must design safety components that protect occupants in those situations. We have brought claims against vehicle manufacturers for defective seals, seat belts, weak roofs, lack of structure surrounding the vehicle, lack of stability, and lack of adequate fuel storage containment, among others.

When they choose to use inferior, cheaper components that compromise the safety of occupants, we bring claims to hold them responsible for those decisions and for the harms and losses to the injured occupants who suffered.

We understand how vehicle accidents occur and the medical implications of catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, burns, and traumatic brain injuries, among others that can result from the high forces involved in vehicle collisions.

TIRES

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that comes into direct contact with the road. Unfortunately, even with proper maintenance, defects in a tire’s design or manufacture can cause it to fail unexpectedly during normal operation of your car or truck. These tire failures can lead to loss of vehicle control for even the best drivers, and at high speeds, the consequences can be tragic.

A tire defect, also called a delamination or de-tread, usually occurs when a strip or pieces of tread separate from the tire while in use, decreasing a person’s ability to control the vehicle and often resulting in catastrophic accidents. Tire cases involve specialized investigation, evidence preservation, and a variety of considerations in determining how and why a tire failed given its age, wear, structure, and other factors. Tire cases are uniquely technical in terms of the science involved. We will work with knowledgeable and respected tire industry experts to analyze the facts and circumstances of the case to determine if, and why, a tire failed due to defects associated with its design, manufacture or marketing.

When tires fail, The Almaraz Law Firm investigates the potential responsibility of various businesses who may have played a part in the tire’s failure or played a part in not recognizing the signs of its risk of failure, such as the tire’s manufacturer, the vehicle manufacturer who may have selected an inappropriate tire as original equipment for its vehicle, and a retailer or service provider who may have inspected or serviced the tire unsafely or improperly.