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| Last updated December 04, 2018
Motor vehicle defect cases include claims involving not only passenger automobiles, but also motorcycles, trucks, and vans. Unlike an ordinary personal injury claim for negligence after a motor vehicle accident, in order to establish a vehicle manufacturer or seller’s liability for a car defect, you do not need to show that they were careless.
Claims may be based on defects in:
- The body and frame,
- Brakes and braking system,
- Cooling and temperature control system,
- Electrical system,
- Engine assembly,
- Exhaust system,
- Fuel system,
- Lubrication system,
- Passenger compartment,
- Steering and suspension systems,
- Transmission and drivetrain, and other parts and accessories.
Again, carelessness is not a requirement under the strict liability legal standard. Instead, liability in motor vehicle defect cases is controlled by the doctrine of strict liability. Regardless of what steps a manufacturer