Our Michigan car accident attorneys are reporting a General Motors (GM) recall of nearly 300,000 Chevrolet Cruze cars from models years 2011 and 2012. These vehicles are being recalled due to their association with brake defects, particularly problem with their brake assist systems.
According to the Detroit News, although no serious injuries have been reported as of yet, GM has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of 27 alleged collisions involving the vehicles being recalled. All accidents were cause due to a brake defect of the vehicle.
Drivers who own the specific models of the Chevy Cruze affected can take their cars to their dealerships where GM will replace a microswitch to address the problem.
Brake Defects May Lead to Products Liability Lawsuits
While driver error is the most common cause of an auto accident, there are still situations in which an auto defect was a cause of or major contributing factor to the accident. When serious injury or death results from a brake defect, it can give rise to a products liability lawsuit. This is because when the brakes of a vehicle fail to function properly, drivers have a difficult time controlling or stopping the vehicle in time to avoid crash. The cause of the accident was not due to negligent behavior, yet due to the fact that the car proved to be defective in some way.
If Injured In a Car Accident Due to an Auto Defect
If you or your loved one suffers injuries in a Michigan car accident caused by what you believe is an auto defect, such as brake defects, it is important that you store the car in the same condition as it was at the time of the accident. This means that the vehicle should be stored in a secure facility and that no repairs should be made to the car, including removal or replacement of parts, until you have an automotive engineer or crash analysis expert inspect the automobile to see if in fact that car was defective and cause for your collision.
Taking photographs of your vehicle, as well as video of the car can also help as far as providing valuable evidence in proving that your car accident was in fact a result of an auto defect.3
Contact Your Michigan Auto Defect Lawyer
For more information about your legal rights and how to file a Michigan products liability lawsuit, contact our top rated Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. auto defect attorneys immediately so that we may investigate your case and determine the cause of the collision. At our award winning law firm, our experienced lawyer have significant experience in representing auto injury clients and have the knowledge and expertise in handling these types of lawsuits. We will discuss your case with you, begin an investigation of the accident, assist you with your claims process and determine if there is a valid products liability lawsuit that can be filed. Call our personal injury law firm today at (800) 606-1717 for your free, no obligation consultation. We will represent you under our No Win No Fee Promise which means no legal fees or costs until we win or settle your case.