Cincinnati Product Liability Lawyer Reviewing Defective Throttle Lawsuits
Car accidents in Ohio frequently occur as a result of auto defects, some of which lead to catastrophic injury and product liability lawsuits. It is not unusual to link an automobile accident to a defect related to a vehicle—unintended acceleration and defective throttles are particularly dangerous defects. To properly investigate a defective throttle or another auto defect, it is prudent to hire an experienced Ohio Recall Lawyer who can work closely with auto engineers and experts to determine the cause of the accident. Defective Throttle Lawsuits typically involve one or more of the following defects:
- Throttle malfunction engages the accelerator pedal while stuck in the floor mat
- Faulty throttle is corrosion-based with rusting or broken throttle linkages.
- Electronic Defects: throttle control systems may be designed improperly or built defective. Failure of electronic components may not be apparent until after a serious auto accident occurs.
Safety Issues & Common Throttle Defects
Fuel-injected cars use a throttle body as part of an intake system that controls the amount of air flowing into an engine. The intake and throttle should be a direct function of how far the driver presses the accelerator pedal. Stepping on the pedal initiates a sensor called a throttle position sensor which is meant to measure zero acceleration to full acceleration. This sensor relays the pedal position to adjust fuel injection and speed. Should this system be faulty, sudden acceleration and stalling could occur and lead to serious car accidents and catastrophic injuries. Throttle problems can be related to dirt and grime, design defects, manufacturing defects, electrical defects, or vacuum leaks. Throttle Defects can present in the following manners:
- The ‘Check Engine’ Light is activated
- Car is Jerking or Hesitating when accelerating
- Idle Surging
- Stalling Engine
- Sudden Acceleration
- Difficulty while changing gears.
- Fuel economy of a car drops
Car Models Involved in Defective Throttle Lawsuits
In 2009, Toyota agreed to an auto recall of 4.3 million vehicles to modify their gas pedals and remove unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mats which caused unintended acceleration accidents and catastrophic injuries.
A known defect in the electronic throttle body used in Ford Motor cars has caused road accidents and lead to defective throttle lawsuits. Ford has stated that the Delphi throttle body is prone to failure, which causes the vehicle to stall or to suddenly decelerate without warning. The Delphi throttle body is operated by electric motors linked to the accelerator pedal. Product Liability lawyers say the Ford throttle defect causes a loss of connectivity between the throttle and the powertrain control, and rapidly cuts the speed of the vehicle. Some vehicles targeted in defective throttle lawsuits include:
- Ford Mustang
- Ford Edge
- Ford F-150
- Jeep Cherokee
- Jeep Wrangler
- Jeep Patriot
Motorcycle Accidents & Defective Throttle Lawsuits
A Texas man was thrown off a Yamaha motorcycle in 2016, after a sudden acceleration, causing the bike to shoot off without warning after he made a short turn. The man fell from the motorcycle and was paralyzed from the fall. Product Liability lawyers stated that Yamaha knew the throttle on the bike was defective and carried risk of unintended acceleration.
Yamaha’s computer-based throttle calculates response instead of controlled by the operator with a mechanical cable, creating unusual throttle behavior, according to the lawsuit. Yamaha failed to notify owners of the defective motorcycles and resulted in at least one catastrophic injury.
Following a serious car accident, Ohio victims should contact an experienced product liability lawyer to investigate. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an automobile defect, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective throttle lawsuits.