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A History of Defective Automotive Products

Auto defect cases have been around for many years. However, few people recognize their rights when something happens. It’s easy to look at past cases of automotive defects causing severe crashes to show just how much someone can recover as a result of a crash.

Below, we’ll take a look back at some of the most famous cases involving defective automotive products and how they have caused some of the most catastrophic harm.

Takata Airbag Recalls

Over the years, millions of vehicles with Takata airbags have been subject to recalls because they would explode. The airbags would explode when they deployed because of humidity and high heat. The explosion would send shrapnel throughout the vehicles, resulting in severe and fatal injuries.

General Motors Faulty Ignitions

General Motors (GM) was forced to recall several vehicles and pay out a significant settlement following faulty ignition switches that resulted in 13 deaths and 31 crashes. The company put together a $400 million fund that would help to compensate victims of the defect.

General Motors Dex-Cool Coolant

In 2008, GM was sued because of their Dex-Cool coolant. The lawsuits showed that the coolant would cause engine damage and leaks, as well as significant injuries. As a result, claimants filed a class action lawsuit including 35 million customers, with each claimant receiving between $400 and $800 each.

General Motors Faulty Gas Tank

Another claim against General Motors pointed out a faulty gas tank on their 1979 Chevy Malibu. A case against the manufacturer netted plaintiffs billions of dollars after the defect caused an explosion and killed six people.

At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we work hard to protect our clients. If you sustain an injury because of an automotive defect, know that our Austin car accident attorneys will stand in your corner and pursue the maximum compensation available to you. Trust that we work hard to hold negligent auto manufacturers accountable when their oversight causes severe harm.

We’re ready to discuss your case. Call us today at (512) 400-3278.