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Auto Products Liability: Conversion Van Safety Defects Can Prove Catastrophic During a Traffic Crash

If you or someone you love was injured in an accident while riding a conversion van, you should speak with an experienced auto products liability law firm immediately. Unfortunately, some of these full-size cargo vans that have been fitted with “luxury” amenities for camping and road trips may have sacrificed safety for utility and accessory. If this is the case, you may have reason to file a conversion van accident lawsuit against the manufacturer.

Conversion Vans
While these passenger vans were likely made by a large automaker, a van conversion company probably overhauled their interiors. “Upgrades” might include raised roofs, captain chairs, sofa chairs, kitchens, fold-out beds, TVs, and/or bathrooms.

What many consumers don’t realize is that many conversion companies are not experienced auto manufacturers. (Even if you bought your car at the dealer, it was still likely a third party van conversion operation that renovate it). To make room for these additional amenities, conversion van companies may even take out some of the most basic safety features in the vehicles, which can allow vehicle occupants to suffer serious injuries during a collision.

Examples of safety defects and design flaws found in conversion vans:

  • Seats that are prone to come off the car during a crash
  • Seat belts that can easily rip apart
  • Weak roofs that lack the structure, strength, and support found in regular vehicles
  • Raised roofs that come right off the van or shatter during a collision
  • Enlarged “picture windows” that are prone to break during an accident

Unfortunately, many van conversion companies lack the experience, resources, technology, and knowledge to properly engineer and test their vehicles.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

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Kia Ordered to Pay $40M Alabama Seat Belt Defect Verdict Over “False Latching” in Teenager’s 2004 Wrongful Death, Product Liability Law Blog, June 30, 2011
Auto Products Liability: US Supreme Court Sends Window Defect Lawsuit Against Ford and Seat Belt Defect Case Against Mazda Back to the States, Product Liability Law Blog, March 4, 2011
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Presents New Roof Strength Rating System for Autos, Product Liability Law Blog, March 25, 2009

Contact our van defect law firm to find out whether you have a case.

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