Car manufacturers bear an enormous responsibility to keep their customers safe. Perhaps more than any other consumer product, cars have the ability to do serious damage to consumers, family members and bystanders. Because of this fact, car manufacturers must take great pains to ensure that their products are safe for public use.
According to one man, Chevrolet did not fulfill this responsibility when they sold him a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The man contends that his Malibu had a defective power steering system, one that cut out while he was on the road. He claims the power steering was responsible for two car accidents.
The first occurred on Aug. 5, 2012, when the power steering allegedly locked up when the man was on an interstate highway. The vehicle left the roadway and sustained minor damage.
Following this incident, the man returned the vehicle to the dealership for repairs. After mechanics assured him that they had fixed the problem, however, the man was involved in another crash. This accident occurred on Oct. 10 and resulted in a collision with another car. As in the first case, the man asserted that the power steering had once again locked up.
The man filed a product liability lawsuit against Chevrolet and the local dealership, contending that they had sold him dangerous products. He is seeking damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional trauma and damage to property.
The lawsuit is still in its very early stages. It remains to be seen how Chevrolet will respond to the accusations.
Source: The Louisiana Record, "Frozen power steering allegedly leads to two accidents, product liability lawsuit" Kyle Barnett, Nov. 09, 2013