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Who Can Be Held Liable if My Airbags Do Not Deploy in Tennessee?

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Although most car accidents are a result of negligent driving, some occur because of defective equipment parts. There are many situations in which a manufacturer or repair shop might be to blame. A particularly clear case is when your airbags do not deploy as they should. Car manufacturers are required to ship new vehicles with functioning airbag systems. They can be held liable if your car is found to have faulty parts or improper installation. If you or your loved one suffered injuries in a car accident, it is imperative that you speak with a qualified personal injury attorney right away. Tennessee is an at-fault state, so a skilled attorney can investigate whether or not a car manufacturer or other parties are liable for your crash. 

Tennessee Product Liability Laws

Before explaining Tennessee’s product liability laws, you should understand the car dealership and private sellers’ responsibilities. Most states have lemon laws to protect consumers from defective vehicles. Tennessee’s lemon law only protects purchases from a manufacturer. The coverage does not apply to consumers who purchase used cars from dealerships or private sellers. Technically, unless the terms of a used car sale include a warranty or similar guarantee, the purchaser is responsible for the vehicle once it is in his or her possession. When buying a used vehicle, make sure that it does not need airbag replacements. 

Tennessee product liability laws state that a manufacturer can be held liable if they put a product that “is dangerous to an extent beyond that which would be contemplated by the ordinary consumer who purchases it” on the market. If you have a new vehicle and your airbags did not deploy in an accident, your attorney can start an investigation to find evidence of this statement. Since most people presume that airbags should work, and if there is no tangible evidence while driving that they are defective, the manufacturer could be held liable. However, manufacturers can defend themselves if your airbag system was tampered with in any way. If you suspect that your airbags did not deploy because of defective repairs, your attorney may be able to prove that the auto repair shop did not act with a reasonable standard of care.

Contact a Campbell County Personal Injury Lawyer

Vehicle collisions and any subsequent investigations into who is at fault can be complicated. To make the process simpler, you should work with a competent and dedicated Jacksboro car accident attorney. Learn more about how to protect your rights to compensation by contacting the legal professionals at The Law Office of William F. Evans. Call us today at 423-449-7980 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://wiki.theclm.org/Wiki/420

https://www.bbb.org/globalassets/local-bbbs/council-113/media/bbb-auto-line/tn-standards-02-2015.pdf
https://www.tn.gov/safety/driver-services/reinstatements/frlawindex.html

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