When You Have Been Injured by a Mechanical Defect:

Get the Right Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys Fighting on Your Behalf

Motor vehicles have become increasingly digital and more sophisticated in recent years. But despite the leaps forward in technology, mechanical defects still occur.

In 2011 alone, 15.5 million vehicles were recalled by major manufacturers in the US. Sometimes the defect is one malfunctioning part, such as faulty gears or brake lights.

Mechanical defects can be created at any point in the manufacturing process, from design to finished product.


While some mechanical defects can be shrugged off as harmless, others pose a real threat to driver and passenger safety.

Common mechanical defects can include:

  • Design defect
  • Structural defect
  • Faulty engine or faulty safety controls
  • Sliding floor mats
  • Defective seatbelt
  • Defective brakes
  • Defective fuel pump
  • Loose bolts and lug nuts
  • Broken alternator belt
  • Defective aftermarket parts
  • Underinflated tires
  • Failure in wheel-bearing
  • Malfunction that causes a rollover
  • Substandard installation or repair
  • Tire and rim defects
  • Defective airbag
  • Defective child safety seat

Manufacturers are responsible for correcting these defects and warning buyers about them.

Companies that fail to fulfill this responsibility are liable for any resulting injuries and the damages and losses they cause. Sellers of used cars and used parts can also be found liable for breach of warranty or disclosure.

Trucks are also badly affected by mechanical defects. Because 18-wheelers and semi-trucks are such large vehicles, even the smallest mechanical defect can endanger a truck driver’s control over their vehicle.

Common truck defects such as these frequently cause accidents:

  • Brake failure
  • Insufficient underride protection
  • Head, tail and side light outage
  • Rear guard failure
  • Defective tires
  • Trailer malfunction

Truck accidents are caused by mechanical defects are very common. Accident claims in these cases can be very complex and involve the trucking company’s insurance agency.

A complication in any mechanical defect case is that some defects can take months or even years to show up, well after the item has been purchased. This makes the direct connection between defect and accident harder to prove.


If you or someone close to you has suffered an automotive mechanical defect injury, you need a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer working hard for you and your family, to get you the financial settlement you deserve.

Whether you have just begun the claims process or you are in the middle of a difficult mechanical defect claim, speak with one of Gay Chacker & Ginsburg’s mechanical defect attorneys today. You are entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost current and future income, future treatments and therapy, disability, and pain and suffering.

We will gather all necessary evidence, including expert medical and mechanical testimony, to build the strongest claim possible for you. We will guide you through each step of the legal process, returning your calls quickly and keeping you informed of all progress.

Contact us now to learn more about how we can help and speak with a Philadelphia mechanical defects injury attorney. There is no risk or obligation. We charge you no legal fees unless we recover money damages for you. Call us today at 800-529-4030 for a free consultation, and start recovering the compensation that is owed to you.