Mazda Orders Worldwide Recall of Defective Wipers

According to an article published this week in AutoWeek, more than 400,000 Mazda3 and MAZDASPEED3 vehicles have been recalled worldwide by the Mazda Motor Corporation. The recall is to fix defective windshield wipers.

The Mazda Corporation acknowledges the defective wipers may be dangerous, especially in inclement weather. Mazda claims the wipers may have been accidentally damaged or bent when they were assembled during production.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site posted documents Monday from Mazda which states that they are recalling 103,300 vehicles in the United States which were manufactured between Jan. 7, 2008, and Nov. 28, 2008.

Many traffic accidents are caused by defective products, such as wipers. Car owners need to be aware of defective products and product recalls and take the time to get the necessary replacements or repairs which are offered for free from the car manufacturer or dealer.


Common Product Liability Claims

In the past years there have been a high number of product liability claims which have been caused by defective products. Some of the most common product liability claims have occurred due to the following issues:

• Tire blowouts
• SUV instability due to poor design
• Improper airbag design
• Insufficiently supported roofs
• Defective seatbelts
• Improper fuel tank design


Types of Product Liability Claims Involving Motor Vehicles

Product liability claims are generally filed due to a product or part which was defectively manufactured or due to a defective or dangerous design. Defective manufacturing of a product can occur if a product was improperly manufactured at the factory.

Products which injure consumers due to a defective design were generally manufactured according to the specified design, but that design was inherently flawed or unsafe. Products with a defective design may make it to market and be in use by many consumers.


Filing a Product Liability Lawsuit

Product recalls have cost car makers millions of dollars. In the last 20 years, Ford and Firestone have spent millions of dollars n research and design to make sure that their tires and Explorers are safe.

Unfortunately, even though most manufacturers are feeling the pressure to pull products from their shelves or issue extensive recalls, it may not do any good if consumers continue to ignore the safety recalls and do not bring the product in for free repairs or replacement.

If you have been injured due to a manufacturing or design defect of a product, you may be able to file a product liability claim. Defendants in your case may include many participants in the chain of distribution including the manufacturer, parts manufacturer, car dealership, and shipper.

Talk to a product liability lawyer who understands product liability law to determine the defendants in your case. If you are injured in a traffic accident but the accident may have been caused by a defective product, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the other driver and a product liability case against the manufacturer of the defective product.

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