A year ago, I was involved in a front impact accident in which my airbags didn't deploy in my Dodge Ram 1500 which is included in the recent recall. Would I have any legal rights against the manufacturer of the airbag or Chrysler at this point?
It sounds like you may have a potential claim. Texas has a 2-year statute of limitations, so you will need to file lawsuit within the next year to preserve your claim. As with any lawsuit, damages are critical component. Product liability cases are expensive, so you damages will need to be quite high to justify it. How seriously were you injured?
Contact a products liability attorney in Houston as soon as possible. I personally recommend Farrar & Ball, they are one of the preeminent product liability law firms in the country and are located downtown.
It sounds like you may have a products liability case against the manufacturer of the air bag and Chrysler. You should look for a products liability attorney on AVVO's tool "Find a Lawyer," and consult with him/her about the specifics of the accident, notices of defects received, recalls if any, and any other documents relevant to the case. You should get legal advice on the viability of your case.
My response herein is an attempt to give you general information and direction and is not intended to constitute an attorney-client relationship as perceived by state law.
You would likely have a claim against the manufacturers, but you'd need to sit down with a product liability attorney about your case. Products cases are generally very expensive to pursue, making them worthwhile only when a person experiences fairly traumatic injuries. In regards to the recall, the recall was based on airbags exploding and releasing schrapnel. Your case is based on distinct facts.
Product liability cases are expensive so the lawyers look for big damages. They may already be litigation going on with this issue. Preservation of the evidence is crucial.
You should consult with an PI Product liability attorney to go over your specific facts. After doing so, the attorney can give specific legal advice on your case. You may use AVVO's tool "Find a Lawyer" to find an attorney.
But notice, no matter what you do there are legal aspects to what you do, and to get counsel for your specific situation you will get more benefit from your own lawyer as it is difficult to glean anything correctly on line with a few facts from strangers.
An airbag non-deployment case is VERY expensive to pursue. You're injuries that resulted from the non-deployment must be proved by specialized biomechanical experts. Also the non-deployment must be due to a "defective condition" that also requires specialized experts. Any lawyer that pursues your case will do so on a contingent or percentage basis. Therefore, the injuries or damages sustained must be very substantial to justify the effort. There are very good lawyers in your area that will meet with you for free to see if you have a case. I hope this has been helpful. God Bless
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You have a legal right to seek compensation from Chrysler and the manufacturer of the airbag.
If you were seriously injured, you may have an economically viable stand alone claim. Auto defect claims are very expensive and time consuming to pursue. We average over $250,000 in costs to pursue such claims. Your damages have to be very serious for the economics to make sense.
If you were only slightly injured or not injured at all you may consider joining one of the class action claims. Either way, consult he best auto defect attorney you can get interest in your case, as soon as possible.
Your vehicle is evidence for any such claim. If it hasn't been repaired, don't repair it before you have your attorneys advise you.
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