Uncovering The 3 Major Defective Car Repairs That Kill And Cripple People
Defective Car Repair #1: Airbags
Many repair shops are not properly trained or equipped to work on today’s complex vehicles. Computerized systems and electronic sensors operate a vehicle’s safety systems.
The Tracy Law Firm has uncovered a shocking amount of negligent work committed by name brand dealerships. It resulted in death and catastrophic injuries for unsuspecting victims.
Todd Tracy represented the children of 57-year old Mark Burns and his 53-year old wife Darla of Fort Worth who were killed just 3 weeks after purchasing a 2007 Kia Sedona from Discount Motors in Arlington, Texas.
The Burns were wearing their seatbelts, but the vehicle’s airbags did not deploy when they were hit in a head-on collision. It is a crime in Texas for a dealer or a repair shop to disable an airbag system and it is a violation of federal law.
Moritz Kia had serviced the vehicle for airbag issues over the years in response to complaints by a prior owner who later traded it into Moritz Kia. Mortiz Kia then sold the troubled internally to its preowned dealer, Discount Motors.
The dealership settled the wrongful death lawsuit out-of-court after The Tracy Law Firm’s Crash Lab discovered that the airbags had not been properly connected.
Unscrupulous repair shops across the nation are repairing wrecked vehicles by using counterfeit airbags. This is a nationwide problem.
Todd Tracy represents the parents and young son of 34-year old Sara Loughran who was killed when a counterfeit airbag did not deploy in a survivable crash.
Automotive engineer’s in the Tracy Law Firm’s Crash Lab discovered that the steering wheel’s counterfeit airbag canister contained a shop rag covered by black tape.
Watch this report by CBS 11 News Investigative Reporter Ginger Allen to learn how Todd Tracy’s Crash Lab uncovered the counterfeit airbag.
Demand A Pre And Post Repair Scan To Ensure Your Airbags Are Working
A competent and reputable dealership or a body shop should be equipped to run a DTC scan to determine that your airbags are working.
In this video, Todd explains what to ask for and what to look for to make sure your family is not riding in a ticking time bomb following a repair.
Defective Car Repair #2: Body Shops Fail To Follow Official Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Instructions
A Dallas County jury awarded nearly $42-million in damages to a Dallas couple who were crushed and burned in a car accident because John Eagle Collision Center cut insurance costs by using glue instead of welding a car’s metal structure together.
Vehicle safety lawyer Todd Tracy represented 33-year old Matthew Seebachan and his 29-year old wife Marcia. The couple was trapped inside their used 2010 Honda Fit when the glued roof caused the car’s structure to catastrophically collapse and burn.
In December 2013, the Seebachans were on their way to spend Christmas with her grandmother in the Texas Hill Country. The driver of a Toyota Tundra pickup truck hydroplaned into the path of their car.
The jury held John Eagle Collision Center negligent for using glue to secretly replace the car’s hail damaged metal roof, instead of using 108 structural welds specified by Honda.
Matthew and Marcia Seebachan suffered catastrophic injuries when their Honda was hit by another vehicle in what automotive engineering and biomechanical experts told the jury was an accident that they should have walked away from.
By the time of the trial in October 2017, the Seebachan’s had incurred more than one million dollars in medical bills during the four years since the accident.
Matthew Seebachan is not likely to ever live a normal life due to intense nerve pain caused by 4th-degree burns to his feet. His burn rehabilitation physician from UTSouthwestern Medical Center diagnosed the scale of the pain he has suffered to date and will suffer for the next 17-years as worse than childbirth.
The jury awarded him alone more than $24-million for: physical pain and mental anguish, disfigurement, physical impairment, medical care, lost wages and lost earning capacity in the future.
Defective Car Repair #3: Aftermarket Parts
A series of crash tests run by Vehicle Safety Lawyer Todd Tracy exposed how using aftermarket parts in place of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts causes traumatic brain damage and severe injuries in car accidents.
The Tracy Law Firm with the support of the vehicle safety professionals at the Auto Body Association of Texas (ABAT) and other associations conducted three crash tests of similar model Honda Fits at Karco Engineering in December of 2017. A 2013 Honda Fit equipped with NON-OEM aftermarket crash parts resulted in catastrophic injury data recorded by two sophisticated crash test dummies in the driver and front passenger seats.
Demand OEM Parts & Reject Aftermarket Parts – It May Save Your Family’s Life
Your insurance company will try to force you to accept the cheaper imitation aftermarket parts. Our crash test underscores the danger of being bullied by your insurance company.
Unfortunately, many of the insurance bullies have put the requirement to accept cheap aftermarket parts in the fine print of their insurance policies.
Most people do not know that cheap, unsafe aftermarket parts have been used to replace structural parts that are key to safety.
That’s why any wreck which results in death or catastrophic injuries needs to be analyzed.
Since I’ve spent the last thirty-years suing the automakers for safety defects, it’s not often that I agree with them. But Ford Motor Co. confirms for its Ford F-150 pickup what my crash test found for the Honda Fit.
So-called aftermarket crash parts which are cheap imitations of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts are unsafe if not deadly in a wreck.
Ford crash tested an aftermarket hood and aftermarket front bumper brackets for the 2012 F-150. It concluded from the independent tests, “that even slight changes in materials or deviation from proper procedures can have severe consequences.”
Ford conducted its test in the wake of a $42 Million verdict by a Dallas County Jury in my lawsuit against a collision center for using a Non-OEM repair procedure. The collision center’s manager testified that they did not follow OEM standards that called for the use of 108 welds to replace a hail damaged roof on a 2010 Honda Fit. Instead, he testified that they used glue if they wanted to get paid by State Farm Insurance.