Florida residents rely on their cars to get them where they need to go, whether it’s to work, the grocery store, doctor appointments or perform any other errands. However, cars are not infallible. They do break down from time to time, but we expect that they can be fixed the first time a problem occurs. When a problem continues to occur and causes accidents to occur, consumers become worried and may resort to legal action. That’s what a Louisiana man did after the power steering failed twice in his new car, causing two accidents and vehicle damage.
On Oct. 10, the man filed a lawsuit against General Motors Corporation (GMC) and Bryan Chevrolet after the power steering in his 2013 Chevrolet Malibu became defective on two separate occasions. The first incident occurred in August 2012 when the man was driving on the interstate. The power steering froze and the car went off the road, suffering bumper damage. The man took the car to Bryan Chevrolet for repairs. The dealer said the issue was fixed.
The power steering them froze a second time, causing the Malibu to hit another car. The man then filed a defective products claim, accusing GMC and the dealer of dangerous design and construction and inadequate warning. He is seeking an unknown amount of compensation for medical bills, property damage and emotional damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. It is unknown the extent of the injuries the man suffered due to the accidents.
When the power steering freezes not once, but twice, in a new car, it can be a scary situation. If the incident continues, the car should be deemed defective and unsafe to drive. The man may wish to seek compensation for a replacement vehicle so he can drive without constant worry.
The Louisiana Record, “Frozen power steering allegedly leads to two accidents, product liability lawsuit” Kyle Barnett, Nov. 09, 2013