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The Dangers Of Defective Car Door Latches

The door latch on a car is seldom considered when most people examine a car for potential safety hazards and issues. Unfortunately, over 8000 people are ejected from their cars due to defective door latches every year. Injuries resulting from an accident in which a passenger is ejected due to a defective car door latch range from road rash and broken bones to traumatic brain injury and paralysis.

Defective Car Door Latch Lawyers

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident as a result of a defective car door latch, you should contact an attorney with experience in dealing with product liability cases. You shouldn’t have to deal with the painful and costly recovery on your own. Let us fight for your legal rights.

You can discuss the specifics of your accident case with us in a free case evaluation. Please call us at  843-892-1000, or fill out our online contact form. We will discuss the specific details of your accident and give you our honest and professional advice on how to proceed with your case in order to recover fair compensation for you and your family.

Crashworthiness and Negligence

Federal Vehicle Safety Standard 206 deals with crashworthiness regulations for door locks and door retention components. Established in the early 1970s, it requires automakers to install door latches in their vehicles that can sustain an inertial load of 30 G’s (thirty times the force of gravity) during a crash. A door latch can be considered defective due to any of the following factors:

  • Design Flaws
  • Shoddy Manufacturing
  • Insufficient Directions for Safe Use
  • Mechanical or Technological Failure

Any injuries sustained due to one or more of these door latch defects may entitle the victim to compensation.

How We Handle Your Defective Door Latch Claim

At Joe and Martin, we not only utilize our own experience and knowledge when dealing with your claim, but also the experience and knowledge of mechanical engineers, accident reconstruction specialist, medical experts, and other professionals to help us investigate your case to the fullest. The expert analysis and testimony of these professionals will help us build the strongest possible case and identify and assign liability and negligence of the responsible party and company.

Ford Recall for Defective Latches

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of vehicles have been recalled by the Ford Motor Company due to a door latch defect that prevents the door from remaining closed. Affected vehicles are listed below:

  • 1997-2000 Ford F-150 trucks
  • 1997-2000 Ford Expeditions
  • 1997-2000 Ford F-250 Super Light Duty trucks
  • 2000 Ford F-150 Super Crew trucks
  • Certain 2012-2014 Ford Fiestas
  • 2013 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs
  • Certain 2014 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs

Click here and search your vehicle’s identification number (VIN) free of charge to see if it is affected by a recall. If it is, do not attempt to drive the vehicle. Instead, have it towed to the nearest Ford dealership as soon as you can.

Maximum Recovery

Please contact Joe and Martin immediately to get started on your case regarding a defective door latch. The sooner we take action and make your claim, the better chance we have of recovering the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your damages and injuries. For a FREE case evaluation, contact us today at 843-357-8000.