Properly functioning door latches keep the doors of your vehicle securely closed during normal driving, and during an auto accident, they protect vehicle occupants from ejection or from falling out of the vehicle.
Door Latch Defects
Poorly designed or defective door latches can allow your car door to fly open during an accident or even during sudden braking or turning, causing vehicle occupants to be ejected. Ejection is one of the most dangerous events that can happen in an auto accident. Also, door latch parts can break or fail, causing the door to pop open. A poorly designed door latch can even release under low forces without any parts breaking or failing.
When vehicle occupants are ejected, they can be seriously injured or killed even in accidents that would have otherwise caused only minor injuries or no injuries at all. An ejected driver or passenger can be struck by another vehicle or crushed by the vehicle they were occupying.
Partial and full ejection injuries can include:
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective door latch, the attorneys at Jacoby & Meyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve. We will evaluate the details of your defective product claim and advise you as to the best way to proceed.