Products Liability Defective Door Latches
It might sound comical to discuss the intention of a door latch. While it sounds simple, door latches are crucial structural features for motor vehicles. Door latches are intended to safely and securely fasten a door to its vehicle so the occupants are not exposed to outside elements. When working properly, door latches keep drivers and passengers safe through locking systems and child safety features. When these systems fail, with or without an accident, drivers and passengers are put in serious, imminent danger.
Failing to Keep Passengers Safe
Defective door latches can inflict serious injury and death to drivers and passengers in several scenarios. Door latches that fail to keep a door secure and shut while moving can lead to passengers being ejected from vehicles through open doors. Defective door latches can fail with or without the impact of a car accident. While door latch defect dangers include being thrown from a moving vehicle, they can also prevent an individual from escaping a vehicle in the event of an accident. In a matter of seconds, a defective door lock or latch can prevent vehicle occupants from escaping a vehicle after a car crash where the vehicle may catch fire, explode, or put the individual at increased danger as a result of the accident.
Common problems associated with defective auto door latches include:
- Faulty lock or latch system preventing the door from remaining securely shut. Lock failures can prevent a door from opening as well as closing.
- Door handle malfunctions can prevent a passenger from controlling the door such as opening or closing.
- Defective remote rods that connect the latching system to the door handle prohibit the passenger from controlling the structure.
- Faulty door latching systems could allow the vehicle’s doors to open unexpectedly or not properly close without warning.
These issues carry severe consequences with the potential for catastrophic and life altering injuries. Drivers and passengers expect vehicles to be equipped with regulated safety features that will keep them safe. When automakers fail to address defects and continue to produce products with the potential to inflict serious injury or death to consumers, they are breaking federal law.
Federal law requires automakers to properly test all materials and products before releasing them to consumers. Automotive manufacturer negligence leads to senseless deaths and serious injuries every year that could have been prevented if proper safety guidelines were implemented and followed.
Texas Auto Defects Lawyer
It is a frightening thought that the very systems designed to secure vehicle occupants could one day act against them. Victims of defective auto products injuries should take solace in knowing they are not alone and have advocates like John Flood who will aggressively fight for their rights and safety. If you are a victim of a faulty door latching system, contact our office today to discuss your case and how we can hold automakers accountable for defective products.