In March of this year, Ford recalled over 200,000 Explorers after it was discovered that malfunctioning door latches could result in unanticipated opening during an accident. National reports indicate that after this recall the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the safety of other Ford vehicles. After the investigation, Ford ended up recalling an additional 600,000 vehicles, including Lincoln MKZs, Fusions, and Fiestas. Each of these models had various dangerous propensities.
The model years range from 2011-2014. Some of the issues surround faulty fuel pumps, which can cause the cars to unexpectedly stall; heating mechanisms not being installed on the parking light housing, which can result in a fire; and latch problems that can cause the doors to swing open during an accident.
Ford has conceded that these issues should be taken extremely seriously and that they can jeopardize the safety of individuals driving or traveling as a passenger in one of the listed vehicles. They have stated that owners can take their cars in to certified Ford dealerships to have the parts fixed at no cost to the owners.
Georgia Product Liability Claims for Automobiles
Often, products are recalled only after the vehicles have been involved in a series of similar accidents and several injuries have occurred. In any auto recall situation, the injured party may consider bringing a lawsuit against the seller or manufacturer of the faulty product. In Georgia and many other states, automobile manufacturers have the absolute duty to produce their vehicles so that they are “crashworthy.” This basically means that the designers have to ensure that the automobile is as safe as possible to both the drivers and passengers, even in the event of a serious accident.
Some examples of when individuals bring a product liability claim against an automobile company are when an injury has occurred because of certain things like:
• Defective braking mechanisms
• Defective tires
• Problems with the steering wheel or axle
• The propensity to explode or catch on fire
• The propensity to rollover
• Seatbelt or airbag failure
If something like this occurred and resulted in an accident, an individual may have a claim against the company.
Statute of Limitations in Product Liability Claims in Georgia
Every state has a specific statute of limitations, which dictates when a claim can be brought. In Georgia, a product liability claim must be brought within two years of the time the injury occurred or should have been discovered. Moreover, in an unfortunate situation when an individual is killed, a wrongful death claim must be brought within one year from the date of that death.
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured Because of a Faulty Product?
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a faulty product, you may consider bringing a product liability claim against the seller, designer, or manufacturer of the product. These cases can often involve several parties and their representatives and require strict compliance with deadlines. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced attorney to assist you in pursuing your claim. If you are successful, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries. Contact Miller Legal Services at 770-284-3727 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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