Do you own a 2020 Nissan Murano? If so, your vehicle is subject to a recall for steering defects. According to Consumer Reports, there are potentially defective suspension components that could make it difficult to steer properly. It is suspected that the left and right transverse links were not constructed correctly, which means “[i]n rare cases, the ball joint may separate from the transverse link, which may result in loss of vehicle control and increase the risk of a crash.”
According to Nissan, no other models or years share these potentially defective parts. If you do own a 2020 Nissan Murano, please contact your dealership as soon as possible.
What Happens if You’re in a Crash Where a Steering Defect is to Blame?
If you’re injured in a crash where a steering defect is to blame, you’d naturally want to hold someone responsible for that issue. Products liability ensures that a manufacturer is legally liable for harm caused by a defective product.
There are three different types of products liability:
- Manufacturers are considered responsible for not creating a product that could create reasonably foreseeable harm to others.
- Strict liability. This type of liability holds manufacturers responsible for defective products, even if they didn’t know of the defect, or negligently manufactured said product.
- Breach of warranty. A breach of warranty violates express or implied warranties that a product is safe to use. This is the least common type of products liability lawsuit, but may be applicable in your case. Your lawyer will know which theory to pursue.
Proving a Product Defect
There are four elements to proving that a product is defective.
- A defect, or failure to warn. The product has to fit one of the above types of product liability, whether the company failed to warn about a problem, didn’t realize or negligently created a harmful product.
- The product’s defect must have proximately or directly caused the harm to the plaintiff.
- The plaintiff has to show that they suffered the harm due to using the product as it was intended to be used.
- Finally, the plaintiff must have suffered actual damages that can be compensated under state law.
If all of these elements are met, your lawyer can prove that you were injured by a defective product—and you should receive compensation for your injuries. Make sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk running past the statute of limitations.
Contact an Ohio Products Liability Attorney Today
When you’re injured due to a defective product, the manufacturer should be held responsible. I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at 877.944.4373 today to learn more about your legal options.