In some motor vehicle accidents a design flaw and/or product failure may be the most significant contributing factor in the causation of the incident or the causation of injuries. Product defects include mechanical or electrical failures that affect control systems of the vehicle (such as throttle, brakes, steering, or suspension), tire failures, and flaws in the design or performance of the occupant protection systems (such as seat belts or air bags). In every traffic accident analysis, potential product defects or other vehicle related factors should be investigated and considered.
Mr. Gayner has participated in the team approach work-up and evaluation of hundreds of product liability lawsuits. Most of these cases have involved occupant protection systems. Specifically, seat belt system analysis and air bag system analysis. Issues may include: belt geometry and routing, seat belt slack, inadvertent buckle release, seat belt retractors not locking, air bag non-deployment, air bag deployment thresholds, or air bag aggressivity.
With a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and years of automotive experience, Mr. Gayner is also very capable to analyze a wide variety of other types of vehicle component failures.
If you have a suspected vehicle malfunction or product defect case that resulted in an accident or bodily harm, please feel free to contact us for an initial consultation to discuss your case. If we can assist we will. If not, we may be able to refer you to another forensic expert that better fits your needs.