Land Rover has recalled 3,912 2013 and 2014 Range Rovers in the United States because the front seat side airbags may not deploy. The airbags fail to deploy when a connector becomes disconnected in the airbag electrical system. When that happens, both the driver and passenger airbags may not inflate in an accident, heightening the risk of injury or death to passengers.
Although the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not documented any injuries that have resulted from the defect, it was clearly serious enough for Jaguar Land Rover, which owns Land Rover, to recall the vehicles.
But what if someone had been seriously injured in an accident because their Land Rover’s airbags didn’t deploy due to the defect that resulted in the recall?
A vehicle manufacturer can be held financially responsible for injuries that result from defects in vehicle design and construction. Under the “Crashworthiness Doctrine,” a car manufacturer may be liable for damages where a defect in the design of the car results in additional injuries beyond those that would have resulted without the defect.
What this means for someone injured in a car accident caused by vehicle defect is that the auto manufacturer may be responsible for the injured person’s medical expenses, lost wages, and property loss resulting from the accident. For example, the plaintiff in a 2009 case out of Georgia, was awarded $17,716,401 after the rear seat in a 2002 Ford Explorer collapsed, paralyzing the plaintiff.
If you have been seriously injured in a car accident as a result of a vehicle defect, contact an experienced California personal injury attorney. A Sherman Oaks car accident attorney can evaluate your case and help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.