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Each year, defective vehicle parts and products injure and kill many Texans. Was someone in your family injured or killed by a defective product? Malfunctioning products can range from tires and airbags to car seats and seat belts. But they have at least one thing in common: negligence by a manufacturer which led to an accident injury.

When such products harm innocent Texans, attorneys and lawyers with Jim S. Adler & Associates can fight for their legal right to fitting financial compensation.

If you have been injured in an accident as a result of the negligence of manufacturers, call our firm for a FREE consultation at 1-800-505-1414 or fill out our case evaluation form below.

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Defective Car Parts Lawsuit

A defective vehicle parts lawyer can force a negligent manufacturer to pay victims for their medical costs, their lost wages and the pain and suffering they endured due to a defective product.

An airbag is a safety device activated by crash sensors to inflate instantly and cushion a driver and passengers in a collision. But some airbags fail to function properly and cause injuries, and they could be the target of defective-airbag lawsuits.

The History Of The Airbag

American automakers started putting them in vehicles in the 1970s, and soon, airbag defects became apparent. In fact, before long, a bad airbag caused the death of at least one person. In the 1980s, airbags became routine in vehicles. In fact, the U.S. government mandated that every vehicle manufactured beyond April 1, 1989, have either automatic seat belts (a device now abandoned) or driver’s-side airbags. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) ruled that every vehicle must have dual front airbags in 1998. Since that time, federal statistics show that airbags have saved the lives of thousands in traffic accidents.

Where Airbags Are Placed

An airbag can be placed in many different parts of a vehicle. These include rear knee airbags; curtain shield airbags; center airbags; side curtain airbags; head side-impact airbags to shield the head in a side impact; and seat-mounted curtain airbags to protect passengers in front and rear seats.

Any airbag should lend additional safety to a passenger or driver in a traffic crash by reducing the danger of their body striking the vehicle’s interior. Sensors in vehicles cause airbags to be deployed when the vehicle decelerates suddenly.

Airbag Recalls

An airbag recall is a routine occurrence, with many airbags recalled for a variety of reasons over the years. But in recent years, there’s been a recall affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States: the Takata airbag recall. Almost every major manufacturer has been impacted, including Ford, BMW, GM, Honda, Chrysler, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota. In these cases, the airbag has been known to explode. Though there have been many other recalls of the ever-changing and difficult-to-manufacture airbag, lawsuits regarding the Takata recall have impacted more vehicles, and therefore drivers, than any other recall in recent memory.

Considering A Defective-Airbag Lawsuit

Consumers don’t have to suffer silently after being injured by a defective airbag. Attorney Jim Adler and his huge team of professional legal experts can help. If you or a loved one have been hurt by this device, which is meant to keep you safe, it might be time to consider filing a faulty-airbag lawsuit to claim financial help for injury expenses that may have resulted from the failure.

Punitive damages also can be sought in an airbag lawsuit. Punitive damages come in addition to a lawsuit’s compensatory damages and are intended to punish defendants for extreme negligence. Such damages can be quite high and thus also may serve as an incentive to avoid future accidents.

What Happens When An Airbag Is Faulty?

But for all the good they can do, airbags can and do fail to perform properly. They can fail to activate fully when there’s a crash, or they may deploy or activate by mistake when there isn’t one. When an airbag doesn’t deploy in a traffic accident, those in the vehicle may be seriously injured or even killed. Indeed, the NHTSA found that from 1990 to 2007, the deaths of 284 Americans, including 180 children, were due to defective airbags. Thousands of non-fatal airbag injuries also occurred.

Young children can be particularly vulnerable to faulty airbags or even may be hurt when an airbag deploys properly. A child sitting in a vehicle’s front seat is more likely to be injured by a deploying airbag, especially when the seat is pushed too far forward.

One problem with flawed airbags is that their defects may be difficult to discern until an accident occurs. A car owner might have no inkling that their car’s airbags are faulty until it’s too late.

The result can be serious injuries or even death. Indeed, the device can be among the most serious dangers in a vehicle, as indicated by the increasing number of injuries and deaths due to flawed airbags. Such injuries can include damage to the skull and brain, which can lead to paralysis or death. Airbag injuries may result in broken arms, broken legs, or other broken bones, in addition to decapitation, asthma attacks, blindness, hearing loss, and airbag burns. The latter injury can happen due to the chemicals that inflate airbags or the gases vented when the airbag inflates. Also, an airbag burn injury can be due to abrasions suffered as an occupant hits the airbag’s fabric suddenly.

Contact A Trusted Personal Injury Attorney

If your family needs to file a lawsuit, know this: Our law firm can provide you with a defective-products attorney, product liability lawyer, or personal injury lawyer for your case. Jim Adler & Associates has been assisting people hurt in traffic collisions due to negligence for nearly four decades. Now, Adler is known as The Tough, Smart Lawyer® in Texas and beyond. We fight for victims’ rights to payments for their injury losses.

Our law firm can deal with insurance companies that attempt to delay, underpay, or deny paying on an insurance policy. We can also target manufacturers or automakers whose negligence led to the creation of a defective airbag. Attorney Jim Adler will fight big corporations to help you get the medical expenses you need so that you and your family can move on. Please contact us today by filling out our case review form for a free legal consultation, and then you can decide if you want to proceed with an airbag lawsuit.

Though seat belts have saved many lives since they became required in vehicles in 1968, they have cost lives too. Seat belt failures have led to injury or death in many crashes, and victims of such defects may need a seat belt failure lawyer.

How widespread are seat belt defects? American automakers have issued over 1,000 seat belt recalls since 1996. That’s a lot of seat belt failures.

Many seat belts on which Americans rely for protection have failed for a variety of reasons. Such failures are crucial and can bring about serious injuries or even death.

Seat Belts’ History

That’s not to say seat belts aren’t vital to Americans’ protection, because they are. An estimated 225,000 lives were saved by seat belts used by drivers or passengers in traffic accidents between 1975 and 2006, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But exactly what constitutes a seat belt? Essentially, a seat belt is a restraining device used in motor vehicles such as SUVs, vans, cars and light trucks. At first they were designed only to restrain the body at the waist, but for most of seat belts’ history they’ve also restrained the upper part of the body, functioning as what’s known as “two-point” seat belts.

Additionally known as a “safety belt,” a seat belt can be vital when an auto or vehicle makes a rapid and sudden stop or is involved in a collision. Due to seat belts, drivers and occupants wearing them are less apt to strike part of the vehicle’s interior or other passengers upon impact.

Persons wearing seat belts also are far less likely to be thrown out of a vehicle in a severe collision. Persons not wearing a seat belt often are ejected from vehicles during rollover crashes, and many of them die.

Today’s seat belts also position the user to benefit from another safety device, that being airbags.

Though seat belts may seem like a relatively modern device, their use goes back to the 19th Century. But they weren’t required to be installed in American-made vehicles until 1968, as a National Highway Safety Bureau mandate.

That didn’t mean cars’ occupants were required to wear them — and many did not. No law required wearing a seat belt until 1984, when states began passing laws requiring drivers and occupants to wear seat belts. The first such law was passed in New York.

Such laws penalized drivers and occupants for not wearing seat belts, via fines, so Americans started buckling up more often. An estimated 75% of Americans in vehicles regularly wear seat belts today. Still, the remaining 25% is a huge number of people, and many of them die in car accidents.

Seat Belt Defect

Seat belt defects can be due to errors in the manufacture or assembly of a seat belt, or due to inherent flaws in the design. Seat belts also may not exhibit instructions or warning labels, as needed.

One form of seat belt defect is “false latching.” In this case, the user may believe the seat belt is buckled or latched adequately, and yet that is not the case. Some latches or buckles fail to latch, even though they may appear to be latched. One response to such defects is a “lock for the latch” technique that’s applied to the design of the seat belt’s buckle or latch.

Yet another seat belt defect is as “inertial unlatching.” When this occurs, the force of an accident which pushes a wearer against a seat belt is more powerful than the buckle or latch of the seat belt. Then the seat belt becomes unlatched or unbuckled, and the wearer is unrestrained, as if not wearing a seat belt at all. This seat belt defect can be a problem especially during rollover accidents.

Also, some vehicle occupants who are sitting in certain spots in the vehicle may not have the benefit of proper restraints and thus suffer injury in a traffic accident. They may not be provided with shoulder belts to go with a lap belts since they’re occupying middle or rear seats.

Still another case of seat belt defects involves “retractors.” These restrain or release the seat belt, as is needed. A retractor can fail by supplying too much “give” or slack in a lap or shoulder belt. Even just a few inches of extra slack may be enough to lead to serious injury or even death.

Seat belt’s webbing, when torn or ripped, may cause a seat belt failure at the crucial time of a traffic accident. Mistakes in the manufacture of a seat belt can lead to a seat belt tearing apart and utterly failing during a traffic collision.

Other types of seat belt defects can be defective pre-tensioners, anchors, passive restraint systems or door-mounted seat belts.

Seat Belt Injuries

Persons using a defective seat belt in a traffic accident can have injuries to the head, brain, chest, abdomen, spine or pelvis, as well as upper or lower fractures of the extremities, or legs and arms.

Victims of seat belt defects also can suffer whiplash, internal bleeding, injuries to the body’s internal organs and pinched nerves.

Defective Seat Belt Recalls

Numerous seat belt recalls have been issued by such automakers as GM, Honda, Ford and Toyota. Such a seat belt recall may be due to mistakes in the design and manufacturing of seat belts — mistakes for which the automakers are responsible.

These mistakes lead to seat belt recalls. But for some Americans, a seat belt recall can come too late.

Defective Seat Belt Lawyer, Lawsuit

Those who suffer injury from a defective seat belt have the legal right to claim financial compensation for their injury losses with a seat belt defect lawsuit, defective product lawsuit or defective seat belt lawsuit.

Our law firm has helped thousands of injured persons get the payments they deserved. We have knowledgeable product liability lawyers and seat belt failure attorneys to fight for your rights. We can seek economic recovery for victims’ medical bills, lost salary and pain and suffering due to their defective seat belt injury.

Notify us of your defective seat belt injury, and we can provide you with an experienced seat belt failure lawyer. Together, we can claim financial recovery — and justice — for your defective seat belt injury.

Since tire blowouts can cause loss of vehicle control and horrific crashes and injuries, it’s important to ask how safe are your tires. The answer depends on which tires you use. Many tires have severe and threatening defects, and thousands have been recalled in recent months.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a list. Are some of the tires on it yours?

Among tire brands recently recalled as of early 2019 are Yokohama, Continental, Firestone, Bridgestone, Innova, Les Schwab and Achilles, among others.

Some were recalled for such safety issues as cords visible through the inner liner. These can cause sudden air loss leading to loss of vehicle control and a subsequent collision. One such tire was the Continental Hybrid HS3, recalled last September.

While tire owners may be notified by the manufacturers of such defects, that won’t always occur, especially if you bought a previously owned car. Check with the NHTSA online to see if your tires have been recalled, and if they have, you can get free replacements of tires of comparable value.

These replacements can come from the car dealership if they were on your vehicle at the time of purchase, or from tire dealers if you bought the tires directly from them. At any rate, someone should replace defective tires for you as soon as possible. Your life may be at stake.

If it’s too late and you’ve already suffered a tire blowout accident with injury due to defective tires, then it’s time to consult a tire blowout injury lawyer for Houston, Dallas, San Antonio or elsewhere in Texas. Our law firm can help.

You need an experienced tire blowout lawyer in Texas to claim payments for your injury losses. Contact us today for a free legal review of your case.

What Causes Tire Blowouts?

Tire blowouts or tread separation has been in the news a lot because of a Firestone defective tire recall. Tread separation, however, is not a new problem. Most tires manufactured today are steel belted radial tires, and tread separation is the most common type of failure in steel belted radial tires. When the tread separates from the carcass or the inner plies, it can frequently cause a blowout. Tire blowouts can also cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, resulting in collisions and rollovers. Loss of control is especially likely in vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as many popular sport utility vehicles.

If you have been injured in an accident as a result of the negligence of others, call a defective tire lawyer for a FREE consultation at (877) 870-6090, or fill out our FREE case evaluation form.

How Tires Are Built

Tires are built in layers on a machine. The tire is built in the green or uncured state, and the core or carcass of the tire is sometimes referred to as the “green tire”.

During the manufacture of a steel belted radial tire, a layer of skim stock is applied to the green tire and then the steel belts are applied around the green tire. Another layer of skim stock is then applied and then the tread is applied around the belts. The entire tire is then subjected to high temperatures and pressures to cure the tire assembly. After it has been cured, the tire is mounted on a rim and permitted to cool.

Tire tread belt separations are an inherent by-product of steel belted radial tires and can be caused by both design and manufacturing defects. While steel belted radial tires have the advantage of providing impact and puncture resistance, the use of steel belts is inherently problematic because rubber will not adhere to steel. To obtain adhesion of the rubber tread to the steel belts, tire makers coat the steel with brass. Rubber will adhere to brass, but brass has a tendency to break down quickly.

In many tread separation incidents, the failure is at the first level of skim compound where the tread just peels off. In other incidents, the failure occurs at the level of the green tire. While failure at the level of the green tire may sometimes be referred to as a tire carcass failure, it can also be referred to as a tread separation.

Contact a defective tire lawyer at Jim S. Adler & Associates if you or a loved one were involved in a car accident caused by a defective tire. The firm offers a free case review.

Inspecting a Separated Tire for a Tire Defect

In any case involving defective tire tread separation, efforts should be made to inspect and photograph the tire and tread immediately. In a properly designed and manufactured tire, you should typically not see a bare wire surface. The presence of bare wire after a tread separation indicates that the tire was not properly cured and can indicate a manufacturing adhesion defect. The presence of brassy wire is also indicative of a defect since brassy wire indicates there was essentially no curing and no adhesion of the belt to the surrounding rubber. Corroded wire might reflect moisture contamination during manufacturing. Because the defense will likely argue that any corrosion occurred naturally during the post-accident period, early photographs are particularly important in addressing corrosion issues.

Causes of Tread Separation

As mentioned, tread separation can occur as a result of both design and manufacturing defects. Tread separations can frequently be traced to poor bonding or adhesion of the tire components during manufacturing.

Manufacturing Defects

Tire plants frequently emphasize quantity over quality, which leads to lax quality control practices. Poor quality control and manufacturing practices can result in moisture, foreign matter and other impurities getting cured into the tire. The moisture and impurities can lead to a tread separation when the tire is put into use. Because tires are made by hand, perspiration and dirt from the workers’ hands can contaminate the defective tire and cause tread separation. Inadequate or over aged skim stock can also lead to tread separation. Manufacturers sometimes use solvent between the belts to restore skim stock that should be thrown out. The use of certain solvents on tire components and between the belts can lead to tread separation. During the final inspection stage of tire production, defects that should otherwise be spotted are sometimes allowed to slip through the inspection. Final inspections that should take about 2 minutes per tire take as little as 15 seconds in some plants.

Design Defects

Design defects that contribute to tread separation include deficient skim stock and the lack of nylon overlays. Improving the skim stock can lead to better adhesion or bonding of the rubber to the steel and thus make tread separation less likely. A nylon overlay, which consists of a nylon “safety belt” between the tread and the steel belts, can also make tread separations less likely. The nylon overlay placed over the steel belts acts like a “tourniquet” by providing stability to the interior components of the tire. It also assists in resisting moisture intrusion into the tire. Nylon also contracts when heated and acts to pull the components of the tire together when the tire starts to heat up.

Unfortunately, U.S. tire manufacturers have resisted the use of nylon overlays. Although it has been estimated that nylon overlays will only increase the cost of a tire by about a dollar, nylon overlays have typically been used only in “high performance” tire lines.

Other Tire Defects

Defective tires will sometimes separate wholly or partially off of their rim, at the level of the tire beads, resulting in an immediate loss of tire pressure. This phenomenon is known as “debeading” and can contribute vehicle rollover. An under inflated tire or a tire with a specified air pressure that is too low might be more likely to debead during severe turns.

During rollover testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1998, two Ford vehicles equipped with Firestone tires that have now been recalled experienced debeading of their front tires. In the NHTSA report, test drivers were noted to be so concerned about the potential debeading that they did not drive the Ford vehicles to the maximum test speeds in later testing.

It should be noted that tires frequently become debeaded during a rollover. The presence of a debeaded tire therefore does not mean the debeading had anything to do with causing the rollover. A careful forensic inspection of the tire and the road, however, can help determine the point or timing of the debead. A rim scrape on the road surface, for example, is consistent with debeading occurring at or prior to the point of rollover.

Inadequate Speed-Rated Tires

A tire speed rating reflects the outer speed limits at which the tire can be safety driven. It is now common industry practice to equip vehicles with tires that are speed rated at something greater than the maximum speed capability of the particular vehicle. It is advisable not to exceed a speed rating, which many companies describe as the upper limit for that tire. Speed ratings also assume a certain range of ambient temperature, and a given speed rating could be too high in excessively hot temperatures. Increasing tire loads can also increase the possibility that the defective tire will fail before reaching its speed rating.

If there is only a small margin of safety in the speed rating, a tire might fail due to a combination of speed, heavy load and high ambient temperature. If a tire appears to have failed when a speed rating was exceeded, the tire itself might have been inadequate for the particular vehicle.

Oversized Tires

Sometimes the problem is not a defect in the tire itself but simply the wrong type of tire for the vehicle at issue. Manufacturers of certain sport utility vehicles have increased tire sizes to improve the tough and rugged image of those vehicles. The Chrysler Jeep Cherokee, for example has been demonstrated by test drivers to be relatively stable when equipped with the tires that came on the vehicle in the 1980s. The Cherokee, however, has been shown to roll over on smooth dry road when equipped with the slightly larger tires that became standard equipment during the 1990s. Larger tires raise the height of the center of gravity of sport utility vehicles and lower the frictional side forces (exerted by the tires sliding on the road) necessary to tip the vehicle over. Larger and wider tires can also result in more tire surface in contact with the road, thereby increasing the frictional forces caused in a sideways slide.

Defects Caused During Mounting & Inflation

Some tire defects can cause catastrophic failure during the mounting or inflation of tires. When death or serious injuries occur during the tire mounting or inflation process, several possible defects should be investigated.

Multi-piece wheels or rim explosions have caused serious injury and death to tire mounters. Multi-piece rims come in various potentially dangerous configurations. The best practice is to replace multi-piece rims with a single piece configuration that eliminates the potential hazard.

Zipper failures can occur during the tire inflation process. When this occurs, the sidewall of the tire can burst and cause injuries. The rupture patterns of the sidewall often resemble a zipper.

Tire bead failure may occur during the tire inflation process at relatively low air pressures. Bead failures can result in an explosion that causes serious injury or death. Consult a defective tire attorney about your options in such a case.

What could be worse than a serious car collision? Such accidents become even worse when vehicle fires follow, as when a gas tank erupts due to a crash. Victims and their families may need a vehicle fire lawyer to protect their rights.

A car fire can be a devastating after-effect of a car crash, leading to severe injuries and even death. Indeed, such a vehicle fire can be more dangerous than the initial collision.

Vehicle Fire Causes

A vehicle fire erupting after a traffic accident can be due to many reasons, including defective manufacture or design of the vehicle. Perhaps the car’s fuel-delivery system or gas tank are defective, leading to ruptures which spew gasoline where it can ignite via one spark.

Occupants of a car which catches on fire can be seriously burned or even killed. They may survive the initial impact completely intact, but if they’re inside the vehicle and it’s engulfed in flames, they may not survive the car fire.

The fact is, most cars carry much flammable fuel in their gas tanks. On average, an American car or SUV holds a full tank of around a dozen to 20 gallons. And every gallon of gasoline, if ignited, packs the explosive punch of half a dozen sticks of dynamite. Do the math and you’ll find that a car whose 20-gallon tank is full when a car fire explodes has the power of 120 sticks of dynamite.

A horrific car fire such as this shouldn’t occur, but it does via manufacturing or design defects which then lead to a catastrophic car fire. It’s often the car fire right after a crash that does the most damage.

Vehicle Fire Burns

Suffering burns is among the worst injuries a person can face. Such vehicle fire burns may be first, second, third or fourth degree burns, depending on how bad they are. By far the worst are fourth degree burns.

Indeed, a fourth degree burn can result in amputation. It also can be fatal. Also known as a full thickness burn, a third degree burn can burn through the skin and cause scarring, but amputation also can be a result of a third degree burn.

Such car fire burn injuries often are debilitating. Often they affect a person for the rest of their lifetime. Victims may be unable to be employed or to have what’s considered a normal life. Instead, they may spend much of their life coping with expensive medical treatments and other bills due to their car fire burn injury.

Car Fire Lawsuit

Do you have a legal right to a car fire lawsuit? If you or a family member was injured by a car fire which was not your fault, you certainly do have that legal right.

Most likely your vehicle fire was the result of a defective manufacture or design for a car, auto or SUV. If so, that means you have a legal right to file a defective product lawsuit or car fire lawsuit against the maker of the vehicle.

Automakers largely try to make their cars’ fuel-delivery systems or gas tanks safe by designing and manufacturing them to remain intact upon a collision or traffic accident. But some gas tanks breach and explode anyway. That’s because some automakers fail their customers.

In such events, a vehicle fire lawyer or car fire attorney can claim justice and economic recovery for victims. That was the case when a car fire lawsuit was filed against the makers of a Chevy Malibu with a defective fuel system. Also, a lawsuit ensued when an Isuzu vehicle had its gas tank placed improperly in the vehicle.

It’s likely that a car fire accident is the result of negligence on the part of the vehicle’s manufacturer. If the car was inadequately designed, or built in a way that led to a car fire accident, then the automaker is responsible.

Vehicle Fire Lawyer

In the sad event that a person in your family or close to you had an injury or death in a car fire accident, let us know– and let us help. Our law firm can provide you with a vehicle fire lawyer or attorney to seek financial recovery for your car fire losses, which can include medical costs, funeral bills, lost income extending from the present to the future, and pain and suffering.

To get started, simply send us the online form on this page and we’ll readily reply with your free legal consultation. Or you can call us at our toll-free number. In either case you’ll get a prompt reply to assist you with your car fire accident lawsuit.

Defective Parts and Products

Examples include the millions of Toyota and Lexus cars recalled for stuck accelerator problems, and other vehicles involved in recalls for various safety failures. Many cars also have collisions due to defective tires, which can have de-beading or tread separation causing a blowout and loss of control.

Gas tanks in cars also can be defective and lead to explosions, particularly in a collision. And the car seats used by small children can be defective. Many are involved in recalls due to defective straps, buckles, handles and padding, and many are installed improperly, causing an accident injury.

A car’s seat belts and airbags also can be defective, if designed, produced or installed incorrectly. Faulty air bags can cause serious injuries and even death by deploying with too much force or failing to deploy when they should.

When any such products cause harm, their manufacturer is obligated to provide compensation for victims’ losses. Talk to a defective products lawyer right now to learn more about your rights and to help you build your case.

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