Oregon Defective Products Attorneys
Ford has been apart of numerous defective product lawsuits including the infamous Ford Pinto lawsuits in the 70s.
Manufacturers are required to produce products that are safe when used as intended. When a manufacturer makes and sells a defective product that is unreasonably dangerous, and that product harms someone, they are responsible for the harm caused. The laws in Oregon are intended to make the community safer by holding manufacturers accountable for placing unreasonably dangerous defective products on the market. Our attorneys handle product cases across the state, and when necessary, have been certified to pursue defective product cases in other states.
In Oregon, product-liability or defective-product cases are typically pursued with a strict liability claim. To prove defective product claims IN Oregon, a defective product lawyer must show a jury three things. First, the lawyer must show that the defendant sold the product and was engaged in the business of selling the product. Second, the lawyer must demonstrate that the product was in a defective condition that was unreasonably dangerous to the consumer when it left the defendant’s hands. Finally, the lawyer must show that the product reached the consumer as intended without substantial change to its condition.
A good example of a defective product liability claim is the Ford Pinto. In the late 1960’s, Ford Motor Company rushed the design and development of the Pinto to get it on the market. Ford primary interest in rushing the development of the car was to gain a large market share among other competing new cars. In the rush, Ford placed the fuel tank behind the rear axle to create additional trunk space. In doing so, the rear axle was placed only nine inches from the gas tank with several nearby bolts protruding in a manner that compromised the fuel tank. The Pinto would soon become known for its exploding gas tank after several defective product attorneys concluded their investigation.
Product recalls are often initiated after a defective product has harmed someone.
Once the defect was exposed, Ford evaluated a new design that would make the Pinto safer. Ford chose not to implement the design change even though its own studies showed it would save 180 lives and only cost $11 per car. Ford justified this decision because the changes were more expensive than paying for the resulting wrongful death and injury claims. Ford estimated is would cost $137 million to fix the Pinto versus $49.5 million to pay for the wrongful death and injury claims. Juries, the courts, and defective product lawyers held Ford accountable for their actions, and as a result made our families and communities safer.
Product defect cases are difficult to pursue without an experienced defective product attorney. Defective product cases are costly and require extensive investigations. Our defective product attorneys in Oregon recommend hiring an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can ensure that evidence is preserved to properly investigate your case. If you are not able to contact an attorney within a reasonable amount of time, preserve as much evidence as you can. Without all the information and evidence, it becomes increasingly difficult to investigate a case.
If you have any questions or would like to consult one of our attorneys, please feel free to call. Our defective product attorneys take cases across the state of Oregon and frequently meet with clients in Corvallis, Albany, Portland, Eugene, Salem, Lebanon, Philomath, Sweet Home, Newport, Waldport, and Lincoln City.