Consumers in Connecticut and across the country have certain expectations when they use the products that they purchase — understandably so. They expect that manufacturers and designers will go to great lengths to ensure the safety of users and inform users if they become aware of any problems. Unfortunately, this may not always be the case, resulting in injury. In fact, a man in another state recently sued Suzuki Motor of America due to its failure to appropriately respond to a potentially dangerous product.
The lawsuit involved an accident that occurred in June 2013. According to reports, the plaintiff was driving his motorcycle below the speed limit when a car pulled into his pathway. He braked but claims that the brakes failed, causing him to collide “violently” into the vehicle.
A representative for the motorcyclist claims that Suzuki was aware that the brakes on that particular model were defective. According to the representative, a part of the motorcycle was susceptible to corrosion, which reduced its braking power. Though Suzuki issued a recall, it was not until after the man’s accident. A jury recently awarded the man $2 million in compensatory damages in addition to $6 million in punitive damages.
Companies have a responsibility to protect consumers from known defects. Failure to do so could result in serious harm. As a result, some people in Connecticut injured by a dangerous product because a company failed to correct a known problem may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit. An attorney with experience with such cases can help victims determine the most appropriate course of action.