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Unsafe Car Design

Since the beginning of the 20th century, the New Jersey Courts have held the manufacturers of automobiles responsible for injuries caused by their products’ defects. These defects may occur during the assembly of the car or these defects may also be due to poor engineering, unsafe design, or the use of inferior materials.

We product liability lawyers refer to these accidents as “crashworthiness” cases. Unfortunately, the results of a negligent design too often results in fatal or catastrophic injury cases.

Proving an automotive design defect case is rather complex and requires a special degree of learned knowledge and skill. As one can understand, Detroit will always vigorously defend the safety of the cars they sold to the public, which means that the automobile manufacturer will litigate these cases vigorously to the end. A law firm that chooses to handle an automotive product liability case must have the necessary required financial resources and be prepared to advance tens of thousands of dollars on expert and testing fees.

If you or a family member are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit due to a defective automobile design, be sure to do the following:

Do not authorize the destruction of the defective car. Be certain to notify the vehicle’s custodian NOT TO DESTROY OR AUTHORIZE THE RELEASE OF THE CAR TO ANYONE UNTIL THE CAR HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND PRESERVED.

The automotive defect cases we handle include a variety of design, manufacturing and marketing defects as follows:

  • Airbag defects
  • Axle and tire hub failure
  • Gas tank explosion due to improper design, location of defective fuel lines
  • Defective foot pedal or mat design
  • Lift gate latch and assembly design
  • Defective tires and tread separations
  • Rollover propensity
  • Roof crush, roof support and roof strength defects
  • Improper seat and seat back design
  • Seat belt failures
  • Defective limousine and van conversions
  • Wheel and tire rolloffs
  • Defective repairs causing injuries

For any questions regarding defective automotive design, please contact partner Marc C. Saperstein by email at or call him at 201-907-5000. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. has experience in litigating cases against Toyota, General Motors, ( GM ) and Nissan and others.

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