New York Auto Defects Attorneys

Auto Product Liability Lawyers in New York City

Auto manufacturers do not like to recall their products. In fact, there are millions of unsafe vehicles on the road today because auto makers do not want to bear the expense and bad publicity involved with a product recall. Many victims of these practices suffer serious, catastrophic injuries. Some even suffer wrongful death.

At Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP, our New York auto defects attorneys help people who have been harmed by defective cars and trucks, which includes auto components such as faulty air bags and seat belts. We understand the hardships our clients are facing, and we are prepared to help.

Contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with a knowledgeable New York product liability law firm.

Holding Auto Manufacturers Accountable

We handle a wide range of auto products liability cases, including those involving:

  • Post-crash fuel-fed fires
  • Lack of electric stability control
  • Roof crush and rollover
  • Air bags and seat belts
  • Defective tires
  • Defective child car seats
  • Sudden unintended acceleration

GM Ignition Switch Failures

General Motors is facing lawsuits defect in certain vehicles' ignition switch. A small amount of pressure on the key could cause the vehicle to turn off. With the loss of engine power, cars can lose power steering, power brakes, and other safety features such as airbag deployment. You can read more about this recall on our GM Ignition Switch Failure Page.

Takata Airbag Explosions

In May 2016, NHTSA expanded the pool of defective airbag inflators to become the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history. These airbags are in an estimated 85 million cars of many makes and model.

The issue giving rise to the recall is the airbag's inflator. The inflator is a metal cartridge loaded with propellant, which can ignite with explosive force. If the cartridge does explode metal shrapnel can be sprayed throughout the car. So far in the U.S. there are reports of 10 deaths and more than 100 injuries due to this issue. Read more about the Takata Airbag Recall here.

Post-Collision Fuel-Fed Fires in Cars and Heavy Trucks

Defective fuel systems in cars and large trucks can lead to deadly fires and explosions in the wake of an accident.

These accidents are especially common in 18-wheeler (tractor-trailer) accidents. Freightliner tractors are known to be especially prone to fuel-fed fires. Car models known to have these problems include the Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy Malibu, Toyota Camry and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Many fuel-fed fires result in fatal injuries. Those that survive must contend with months, years, possibly a lifetime of burn injury treatments, including painful skin grafts, infection treatments and reconstructive surgeries.

Jeep Cherokee Fires

The defective fuel system design in the pre-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee can lead to deadly fires and explosions in the wake of an accident. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a fuel-fed fire after an accident in one of these Grand Cherokees, the experienced New York truck fire lawyers at Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP are here to help you explore your legal options.

Secondary Hood Latch Failures

Accidents are being caused by defective secondary hood latches which allow a hood to elevate while driving. Cars have a primary and secondary latch. When a driver inadvertently disengages the primary hood latch of their vehicle, the secondary latch should still secure the hood. There have been reports in the following cars:

  • Kia 2006-2014
  • Subaru Tribeca 2006-2014
  • Altima 2013-2015
  • Hyundai Tucson 2016.

This situation can become disastrous while driving, compromising the drivers view and resulting in collisions. We are particularly interested in manufactured vehicles, which have recently been recalled for the specific design defect.

Tire Failure And Tread Separation

In the process of manufacturing tires, many things can go wrong that eventually lead to tread separation and tire failure. Tire defects can arise from contaminants entering the tire mold, tires being made from poor rubber stock or a number of other factors. Tire tread separation accidents are more likely to happen when cars have been traveling long distances and especially during hot weather. This is why many of these accidents have happened to families while on long road trips.

Our attorneys know how to build a successful product liability case. We have access to a team of experts in engineering, automotive crashworthiness, biomechanics and other relevant topics who help us seek out the facts and build strong cases for our clients. We give every client personal attention from a skilled product liability attorney.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Keyless Car Models

Many deaths and injuries occur because cars running in garages create carbon monoxide into the home environment. This risk has recently increased due to the modern keyless ignitions found in automobiles. These keyless ignition vehicles provide no warnings or automatic kill switch should the car be running for an extended time while it is parked. A simple 30-minute automatic shut-off is easily available.

Contact Us for a Case Evaluation

Have you or someone close to you been harmed by a defective automobile or auto component? Please contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with an experienced New York dangerous auto products liability law firm. Our law office is conveniently located in a brownstone in Midtown Manhattan located at 113 East 37th Street.