When you buy a new car, you expect the very best. Logically a new car should include all the latest technology, be rigorously tested and be free from fault or defect.
However, as many buyers discover, just because a car is new, there can be no absolute guarantee that it will work without fault or complication. Some drivers of new cars may sometimes even find that they need to make a claim to compensate for the fault or defect.
A product liability claim against one of the world's powerful vehicle manufacturers can seem like a daunting prospect, however consumers should not be dissuaded from making this kind of claim simply because they are afraid of coming up against a formidable opponent.
The process exists to allow consumers to ensure their rights in the face of large and powerful manufacturers and producers.
One example of a vehicle manufacturer defect that consumers would be able to make a claim for comes from 2001 when Ford finally accepted that the ignition on many of its models had a serious defect which caused it to break in hot conditions.
Even Ford themselves admitted that this fault was responsible for at least 11 deaths and 31 personal injuries.
Ford consumers made a number of claims relating to this defect. These claims were for such things as repair work and personal injuries people had suffered. What all claims had in common is that they centred on the issue of product liability in relation to the defective ignition.
This is not the only time Ford has been in the spotlight. Also in 2001, the Firestone tyres on many of their vehicles came under the spotlight. Evidence had emerged linking these defective tyres with a number of fatal car accidents.
A number of angry consumers decided to make a class action suit against the tyre manufacturer. Eventually, after some denial of liability, Firestone accepted responsibility and paid up over $1billion (US) to affected consumers.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a defective or faulty car, speak to the experts at YouClaim
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