The gas pedal is an essential component of a motor vehicle. It controls the acceleration of the vehicle and any unexpected malfunction can lead to an accident.
Defective Gas Pedals
A number of things can go wrong with a gas pedal. In recent years, manufacturing defects have been reported in gas pedals. The automotive giant Toyota recently issued a massive recall of cars due to defective gas pedals that were responsible for a number of car crashes and injuries caused by unintentional acceleration. These victims sought compensation for their injuries and damages from the company. Gas pedal defects that drivers should be aware of include:
- pedals stuck to the ground
- inferior materials causing gas pedals to break, bend or crack
- unintentional uncontrolled acceleration
- defects in wiring or electrical functions
Car Accidents Caused by Defective Gas Pedals
A motorist experiencing any of these gas pedal malfunctions in either heavy traffic or on the highway may become panicked. If the gas pedal of a car malfunctions, the driver should press the brakes, push the car into neutral, and steer the car out of traffic. However, a state of panic can deter some drivers from thinking clearly enough to make a sound decision.
Liability for a Car Accident
A defect like those found in Toyota’s gas pedals can have devastating effects. It is the responsibility of the manufacturing company to ensure that their vehicles are safe. If any manufacturing defect is found in the automobile or any of its individual parts, the manufacturer is held liable for losses, injury, and damages caused to the motorist and others injured in the consequent accident.
Manufacturers are also responsible to ensure the recall of vehicles with defective parts. Issuing a proper recall involves timely notification and following correct procedures to ensure all affected victims are compensated for their loss and that their vehicles are repaired or replaced.
St. Louis Auto Wreck Lawyers
Victims of car accidents caused a defective auto part should speak to a St. Louis auto wreck attorney to help them with the complexities of a legal claim. A victim may recover compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, property damages, pain and suffering, and punitive damages. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.