It is unfortunate that in the same week we are writing about two different product liability issues with automobiles but our lawyers are happy that we can use this blog to keep readers informed and in the know of issues that affect their safety and the safety of their loved ones. Previously this week, we discussed how Toyota is facing potential recalls due to flammability standards of their seat fabric. However, now another major automaker, Honda, is also facing potential safety issues with their vehicles.
According to an article by the Los Angeles Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently investigating the safety of some Honda Accords that have experienced sudden airbag deployment. A main question the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to answer is whether these 2008 models are experiencing unexpected airbag deployment when the door is shut after over two dozen drivers reported problems to federal safety regulators. Two instances caused drivers to suffer injuries when their air bags suddenly and unexpectedly deployed. In most instances, the air bags deployed while the car was parked and stationary.
Products liability is an important area of the law because it concerns consumer safety, especially regarding knowledge of whether a product is dangerous before buying it or believing a product to be safe and free from dangers when it is in fact not. To explain this are of the law in plain English, it is an area of personal injury law that revolves around dangerous products in the marketplace. It is the goal of our attorneys to represent plaintiffs against manufacturers and companies who have sold or made unsafe products and put them in the marketplace to be sold to consumers. Companies can be held liable where they have failed to properly inspect a product for hazards, in which case they should have known of dangers but are in a sense willfully blind. This inaction can make a company liable for negligence. A company can also be liable where they are aware of the dangers of a product and fail to warn a consumer of hazards or provide them with proper instructions, thereby knowingly exposing consumers to dangers that have been discovered by the maker.