Defective Car Door Lock Lawyers
We File Suits Nationwide Against Automakers for Dangerous and Faulty Locks, Latches, and Doors
One of the last things that a driver worries about is whether their car door will work in an emergency. However, car door malfunctions are more common than most people think. Thousands of vehicles are introduced into the market by automakers who have not fully verified their design and safety. Sadly, some safety flaws are not discovered until it is too late.
When a car is involved in an accident, a driver may need to exit the vehicle quickly. A defect in a car’s door latch or lock can trap people in a vehicle, causing them to suffer further injury. In other cases, a faulty auto door latch can prevent a door from closing properly while a car is in motion. A door unexpectedly opening can cause an accident.
Call us for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured by a faulty car door lock or latch. The Gilbert Law Group® is available at (888) 711-5947.
How Car Door Defects Cause Harm
In some cases, a car door that refuses to open is an annoyance. When a door latch malfunctions while driving or during/after an accident, people inside the car face an increased risk of serious injury. Car door defects our attorneys can help with include:
- Failure to unlock with key fobs
- Randomly locking
- Inability for people inside the car to lock or unlock doors
- Door handles breaking
- Latches jamming or not closing properly
Multiple automakers have discovered problems with door latches, locks, and handles long after they have released a vehicle. These issues often increase the risk of accidents and/or injury.
Recalls Involving Faulty Latches, Locks, and Handles
Some automakers have been forced to recall vehicles for car door defects that put drivers and passengers in danger. Here are recent recalls of this type:
- Ford and Lincoln’s 2020 recall of 2.2 million vehicles from model years 2011-2016 is meant to fix faulty door latches that can fail to close. Affected latches may have a broken component, and doors may seem secure when they are not. A faulty latch can cause a car door to come open while driving. Some of these vehicles were previously recalled for a similar issue and either did not have all the faulty latches replaced or received inadequate service.
- In 2020, Honda recalled over 324,000 Odyssey minivans from model years 2018-2020. The door handle cables for these vehicles’ sliding doors could get water inside; if the water froze, it could prevent a latch from closing. This could cause doors to slide open when they seemed latched.
- Volvo posted a recall in 2019 for its S60 sedans and V60 wagons from the 2011-2017 model years. Overall, more than 140,000 cars were recalled after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received reports of doors falling open on sharp turns or roundabouts even when they appeared closed. Especially in high temperatures, parts within the door latch mechanism could fail, causing this malfunction.
Not all companies issue timely recalls when dangers are discovered. For instance, Tesla has long had unreliable doors, locks, and latches, especially on the Model S. In February of 2019, this unaddressed issue resulted in a fatality. A Tesla Model S driver lost control of his car and crashed into a tree, which caused the vehicle to catch fire. He was incapacitated by the crash and could not open the door himself. Emergency personnel who responded to the scene were unable to open the Model S’ doors because the outside handles default to laying flush against the car’s body.
Tesla says the Model S’ doors will automatically unlock and the door handles will extend when its airbags deploy, but this feature did not activate in the crash. The man’s death was attributed to smoke inhalation, as he did not exhibit any internal injuries or broken bones. Tesla has not issued a public response to this tragic incident. As far as we know, the danger still exists for Model S owners.
We've Helped Accident Victims Find Justice
We have helped clients who suffered losses because of faulty doors, latches, and locks. Our in-house engineering team can demonstrate how these malfunctions come to be and show how a properly made vehicle would have kept its occupants safer.
In one case fought by The Gilbert Law Group®, we helped a family bring a wrongful death case after a rear-end accident turned tragic. The driver’s seatback collapsed when he was hit from behind, causing him to lose control of his car. When the vehicle rolled, the driver-side door popped open, rendering the door-mounted seat belt useless and causing the driver to be ejected. He suffered fatal injuries. The case against the car manufacturer settled for a confidential amount.
In another case, our client was in a rollover accident during which their vehicle’s tailgate popped open, leaving a large ejection portal. Their child was ejected and suffered fatal injuries. Our research revealed numerous other accidents involving the same model vehicle in which the tailgate—made from a fiberglass-like material—had broken open. The case was resolved shortly before the scheduled trial.
Call us at (888) 711-5947 to speak with one of our attorneys today. We take car door defect cases nationwide.
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We’ve taken on big corporations like Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, and other automakers to protect the rights of injured consumers.
Nationally Recognized Personal Injury Law Firm
Our Firm is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and a recipient of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News.
Making the World Safer
After being challenged by our lawyers, major companies have pulled defective products off the market.
Engineering Team on Staff
The Gilbert Law Group® is the only firm in the U.S. to have an in-house engineering team to assess and explain product defects.
Over One Billion Dollars Recovered
Since 1969, we have fought aggressively for our clients, never turning away from even the most formidable opponents.
When you are facing complex legal issues and high-profile defendants, you need a lawyer who knows how to fight these battles. Our team has taken on some of our nation’s biggest corporations and, with the help of our network of professional consultants and our skilled in-house engineering team, can help jurors make sense of highly technical evidence.
Record Trial Court Verdict - Products Case $52,000,000
Truck Burn Injury $51,100,000
Record Trial Verdict - Rear-end Collision $43,200,000
Jury Verdict Brain Damage Case $35,000,000
Heavy Truck Fire Case $29,500,000
Bad Faith Insurance - Head On Auto Collision $17.8 Million
Record Jury Verdict - Seat Belt Failure $17,500,000
Auto Accident $9,500,000
Auto Defect $9,000,000
Wrongful Death $8,400,000
With more than 50 years in business, The Gilbert Law Group® has fought—and won—against many of the biggest automakers in the business. We have recovered over $1 billion for our clients, many of whom suffered catastrophic injury or lost a loved one because of a defective auto part. With a nationally recognized litigation team and an in-house engineering department, The Gilbert Law Group® has what you need to bring a strong claim. We have a national reputation and the resources to fight cases against national or even international corporations. At the same time, our attorneys are responsive and available to you whenever you have questions. We will offer an honest representation of your legal options and the merits of your case.