Cars and trucks often contain manufacturing defects that result in necessary repairs, recalls and, in some instances, serious injuries to drivers or auto occupants.
Among these problems have been defective parking brakes. In one Pennsylvania case, a baby was run over by a Ford pickup truck after the parking brake failed and the vehicle rolled over the infant’s head. In another case, this one in Nevada, a three-year-old boy was killed when the parking brake of another Ford pickup suddenly disengaged and the vehicle rolled down a sloped driveway.
Both cases were litigated by Kline & Specter, PC. The first resulted in a substantial settlement (see the Bobb case), while the second, a celebrated case titled White v. Ford, went to trial and resulted in an initial verdict of $152 million against Ford Motor Co. Shanin Specter was the lead attorney in the White case, which was tried in Reno, Nev. When punitive damages in that case were reversed on appeal, Specter returned west and tried the case for a second time, this time winning again and obtaining a $52 million punitive damages award.
In a more recent case in Pennsylvania, Specter again sued Ford over defective parking brakes, this time for the family of a tow truck operator who was killed when his vehicle's brakes failed and ran him over while he was attempting to tow a disabled pickup. A jury in Pittsburgh returned a verdict of $8.75 million. (Blumer)
If you or someone you know was seriously hurt or killed because of an accident caused by a suspected defective parking brake, you may want to contact a defective brake attorney for a free evaluation of your case. Our attorneys represent victims in defective brakes lawsuits in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and nationwide.
A number of parking brake problems have cropped up over the years in a variety of cars and trucks.
A national class action was filed in 2005 against General Motors by owners of certain GM vehicles who had to pay about $500 apiece to replace parking brakes, also known as emergency brakes.
A year earlier, Hyundai Motor Co. was told to recall certain minivans because of defective parking brake cables in Trajet XG models built between 1999 and January 2004.
Some parking brake problems may have never come to light, cases may have been settled and still others might only be being discovered now.
Kline & Specter, PC, with more than 50 attorneys, several of whom are also doctors, has experience and expertise in defective parking brake lawsuits. Call 800-243-1100 to speak with an experienced defective parking brake lawyer today. We represent clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and nationwide.