What’s Wrong With Your Car?

As car companies incorporate more and more advanced technology into their products, it is imperative that consumers hold them liable for cutting corners. in order to claim to have the “highest tech” in the business. With new high tech and the race to be the cutting edge there are bound to be some product defects and many product liability suits to follow. Some product issues have already led to class actions. 

Tesla is in the midst of a class action regarding an acceleration defect with some of their models. This defect has caused numerous Teslas to accelerate unexpectedly leading to sometimes fatal accidents. Imagine driving along and then feeling like you have no control over your vehicle, not a position you’d want to be in. 

Tesla is not the only automotive manufacturer under fire. Other companies such as Mercedes, Nissan, Audi, and Toyota all face product liability claims. 

Mercedes is under fire for putting a device in their diesel models that changed the readings for emissions tests, so they would pass even if the emissions were not up to federal regulation. Now the owners of the vehicles have to take time out of their days to schedule an appointment to get an AEM installed at a Mercedes Benz dealership to remedy the problem. 

Nissan is facing heat on the grounds that they knew about a defect in the emergency braking systems of some of their cars, yet did nothing about it. This defect caused them to brake unexpectedly in the middle of roads, leaving them vulnerable to accidents, particularly rear ends. 

Now the owners of the vehicles have to take time out of their days to schedule an appointment to get an AEM installed at a Mercedes Benz dealership to remedy the problem. 

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Audi’s start/stop system, which shuts off the engine when coming to a full stop, is supposed to restart when stepping on the gas. However, consumers were put into danger when this system would lag in acceleration and then accelerate too fast after several seconds. Again, this is another case of not feeling like you have control, in a place where you most certainly should have control.

Lastly, Toyota is also facing product liability claims. These stem from the fact that their 2013-2019 Rav4 models have been catching on fire because of a defect in the battery that they knew about, but still willingly sold to consumers. 

It’s not fair for companies to knowingly and willingly sell defective products to their “valued” customers. We are here to make sure that everyday consumers do not get the short end of the stick when it comes to product liability cases. This brings us back to the opening question, you wouldn’t sell defective products to someone, so why should we let them?

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