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Mechanical auto defects, often undetected until a tragic accident occurs, can lead to severe injuries or worse. A New York mechanical auto defect lawyer from [law-firm] combine expertise in car accident law, personal injury law, and product liability to secure the justice and compensation New Yorkers deserve.

Have you been injured due to mechanical auto defects in your car?


At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, our car accident lawyers are adept in handling cases where mechanical auto defects lead to car accidents. Our team uses its expertise to ensure that manufacturers and other parties fulfill their responsibilities in motor vehicle defects cases. Check out our testimonials, then call us at 800-PAIN-LAW or contact us online for a free consultation.


Navigating New York Laws on Auto Defect Accidents


Understanding local laws is essential when dealing with car accidents caused by mechanical automotive defects in New York. The state imposes specific responsibilities on manufacturers, repair shops, and vehicle owners to ensure the safety and proper functioning of all vehicle parts.


Identifying the Liable Party


When a defect leads to a motor vehicle accident, identifying the liable party involves a comprehensive investigation, considering factors like maintenance records, product recalls, and manufacturing standards. The process typically involves filing insurance claims, negotiating settlements, and, if necessary, pursuing litigation to achieve a fair resolution.

Our attorneys at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb are experienced in navigating these complex procedures. Our auto defect lawyers are focused on making sure negligent parties are held liable.


Why Choose Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb?


Choosing Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb for your motor vehicle accident case caused by a mechanical defect or defective vehicle means selecting a law firm with a proven track record of success. Our dedicated attorneys understand the intricacies of both New York car accident law and product liability, ensuring a comprehensive approach to your case.




We pride ourselves on our commitment to our clients, offering personalized attention and aggressive representation to secure the compensation you deserve. Whether negotiating with insurance companies or presenting your case in court, our team is prepared to fight for your rights every step of the way.




At Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb, we believe in holding those responsible for mechanical auto defects accountable for their actions. Our experience in securing over $500 million in compensation for our clients speaks to our dedication and expertise.


Call Today to Speak to an Auto Defect Lawyer in New York City


Have you or a loved one been affected by a car accident due to a mechanical automotive defect? Call us at 800-PAIN-LAW or contact us for a free consultation. Our New York lawyers are here to provide the support and legal representation you need to navigate the aftermath of auto defect cases with confidence and peace of mind.


Common Mechanical Auto Defects


The importance of regular vehicle maintenance, timely recalls, and rigorous safety standards to identify and address mechanical auto defects promptly cannot be overstated. Ensuring the safety and well-being of drivers, passengers, and other road users is the most important priority.

If you suspect that a mechanical automotive defect or a defective automobile contributed to a car accident, it’s essential to consult with an experienced mechanical auto defect lawyer. You need an attorney who can investigate the accident, gather evidence, and hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence.

Takata Airbag Recall

One of the largest and most significant auto defect recalls involved Takata airbags, which were found to explode with excessive force, sending metal fragments flying into the vehicle’s cabin. This defect resulted in numerous injuries and fatalities worldwide, leading to a massive recall of millions of vehicles.

Unintended Acceleration

Some vehicles have been found to experience unintended acceleration due to mechanical defects or electronic glitches, causing the vehicle to suddenly accelerate without the driver’s input, leading to loss of control and accidents.

Faulty Brakes

Brake system defects, such as brake failure or malfunctioning anti-lock braking systems (ABS), can prevent a driver from stopping or slowing down in time to avoid a collision, or serious injury, especially in emergency situations.

Sticky Gas Pedals

Some vehicles have been recalled due to sticky or jammed gas pedals, which can cause unintended acceleration and make it difficult for the driver to control the vehicle’s speed.

Faulty Steering Components

Defective steering components, such as steering linkage or power steering systems, can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, resulting in accidents, rollovers, or collisions.

Defective Tires

Tire defects, including tread separation, blowouts, or sidewall failures, can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, especially at high speeds, leading to accidents and rollovers.

Rollover Risks

Some vehicles have been found to be more prone to rollovers due to design defects, such as a high center of gravity or inadequate stability control systems, increasing the risk of serious injuries or fatalities in rollover accidents.

Lack of Crashworthiness

Some vehicles may lack adequate crashworthiness features, such as reinforced roofs, side-impact protection, or effective seat belts and airbags, making occupants more vulnerable to injuries in accidents.

Technological Failures

With the increasing reliance on electronic systems and advanced safety technologies in modern vehicles, software glitches, sensor failures, or electronic malfunctions can contribute to car accidents if these systems fail to operate as intended.

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Working with Harris Keenan & Goldfarb

STEP 1Submit Your Case for a Free Evaluation

Provide us with the details of your situation for a comprehensive and free evaluation. It’s important for us to understand the specifics of your case thoroughly. While submission does not guarantee our representation, every case is reviewed meticulously to assess how we can offer our support.

STEP 2We Handle the Details, You Focus on Recovery

If we proceed with your case, our experienced legal team will manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to concentrate on your recovery. From rigorous investigations to handling all negotiations and paperwork, we ensure that every detail is covered with the utmost professionalism and dedication.

STEP 3Pursue Comprehensive Compensation

Should we represent you, our aim is to secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses. This includes covering medical bills, compensating for lost wages, and addressing pain and suffering. We commit to diligently advocating for your rights, striving for a resolution that supports your recovery and future well-being..

How a New York City Injury Lawyer Can Help:


Investigate your case and get the evidence needed to build a strong case


Help submit insurance claims


Make sure you get the medical treatment you need


Communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf


File paperwork and make sure no deadlines are missed


Represent you in court, if necessary


Get full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages

Over $500 Million in Verdicts and Settlements

Our track record showcases over $500 million won for our clients. Each victory underlines our commitment to justice and client care. Explore our impact, case by case.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Mr. Vargas $17.5 million for the City of New York’s violation of his civil rights for failing to provide him medical care while in custody. The jury found that the police officers involved failed to provide the necessary medical treatment and awarded $17.5 million to Mr. Vargas.



Harris Keenan & Goldfarb partners Seth Harris and Sheri Holland obtained a $4,730,398.00 jury verdict on behalf of our client who tripped and fell at a private apartment building in the Bronx, suffering a broken foot that developed a very painful, permanent neurological condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (“RSD”).



A Bronx jury awarded John Doe over $12 million for an accident on a construction site. John Doe was working when a piece of scaffold weighing 35 pounds fell, striking John Doe in the lower back. John Doe suffered a herniated disc requiring surgical removal of a portion of the disc and permanent nerve damage.



A Bronx jury awarded $10.5 million to the mother of Malcolm Ferguson, who was wrongfully shot and killed by the New York City Police Department. The police officer, Louis Rivera, also a defendant in the case, was found to have used excessive force in violation of Malcolm Ferguson’s civil rights as protected under the United States Constitution.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff William Cardoza $4 million for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Mr. Cardoza was pepper-sprayed and repeatedly hit with a police nightstick. As a result, Mr. Cardoza sustained injuries to his hand and finger.



The firm’s client, a 33-year-old teacher’s assistant, was scalded by an espresso machine that exploded while the defendant’s employee was demonstrating how the machine worked. The client was a customer at the defendant’s coffee shop on the date of the accident and suffered first-degree burns to her right (dominant) hand.



The firm represented the mother- decedent and her infant son. During the decedent’s admission to the defendant hospital, the defendant dispensed anesthesia during an epidural to the decedent in an inadequate manner. The mother-decedent suffered personal injuries and wrongful death due to the defendant’s failure to properly administer epidural anesthesia.



Mr.Brennan fell from approximately 25 feet while working on a construction project. He suffered a shattered bone in his right leg requiring surgery and hardware placement. Mr. Brennan also suffered two fractures in his facial bones, and a dislocated finger requiring surgical repair.



The firm’s client was a child with cerebral palsy who was injured as a result of medical malpractice. The firm’s clients claimed improper management of pregnancy, labor, and delivery resulting in brain damage, and received a Brooklyn personal injury settlement.



The firm’s client, a 63-year-old mentally incompetent man, slipped and fell in his own urine while attempting to walk to the bathroom at the defendant’s senior citizen home. The client fractured his hip and as a result is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The client claimed that the staff of the home failed to properly care for him, and the jury awarded $1,677,835.



The firm’s client, a 47-year-old male, slipped and fell on a public sidewalk in the Bronx. It had snowed four to five days prior to the date of the accident, and the sidewalk was covered with ice. The client suffered a lumbar fracture and a herniated disc. The jury found the city liable and awarded the client a $2,995,000 personal injury settlement in the Bronx.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Luis Molina $2.61 million for injuries sustained when he fell down a subway station stairway. Mr. Molina was caused to slip and fall as a result of a plastic bag that had blown onto the steps from a street opening. As a result of the fall, Mr. Molina suffered a herniated disc and a tear of his right shoulder’s rotator cuff. The jury found that the NYC Transit Authority was liable for the accident.



A Bronx jury awarded Ms. Colon $2.25 million for a trip and fall accident. Ms. Colon was caused to fall when she moved to the right to allow another pedestrian to pass, and her foot rolled to the outside due to the sidewalk being unlevel with the adjoining grass. The jury found the defendant liable and awarded Ms. Colon $2,253,714.00 for her pain and suffering.



A Brooklyn jury awarded Arvella Floyd $1.9 million for a fractured wrist which required multiple surgeries, including an open-reduction internal fixation and a carpal tunnel release. Ms. Floyd was injured when the hot water knob of the shower fell off after numerous complaints to the superintendent, and scalding water spewed toward her, causing her to
fall and break her wrist.



A Bronx jury awarded plaintiff Juanita Young $1,350,000 for injuries caused by the use of excessive force during an arrest. During the arrest, Ms. Young, who is legally blind, was handcuffed from behind, with her children watching, and taken to the top of the stairs to exit the building. The officer proceeded to push her down the stairs multiple times.

What Our Clients Say About Us

arien machicotearien machicote
20:55 17 Jul 24
I must say I am extremely happy and amazed at the incredible work at Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb they were always available if I had any questions and they were always answered with very professionallyJason Steinberg is a great lawyer and I will always highly suggest this law firm and team to anyone out their. Thank you again to everyone at this incredible Firm!!!
Cole ColdwaterCole Coldwater
19:36 20 Jun 24
My experience with Harris Keenan and Goldfarb was wonderful. My legal representative, Steven LaRocca with Samantha Walton always made me feel well defended and cared for, in a way that went beyond professional representation and into the realm of caring about me on a personal level. Steven, Samantha and Seth Harris got me a great outcome and I can’t thank them enough!
Jennifer RosarioJennifer Rosario
14:16 05 Jun 24
The best law firm I have ever went with thank you so much
david Santiagodavid Santiago
18:05 21 Mar 24
Maria RoqueMaria Roque
20:49 15 Mar 24
Excellent person, very Professional, they assist you in any language, your call is always answered. I recommend you for any case of support you have, your refund is satisfactory. and fast
14:09 02 Mar 24
I am completely satisfied, and recommend Harris Keenan & Goldfarb as Attorneys to represent anyone. Their care for me physically, and overall helped me stay strong in spite of my injuries. Always available to answer questions, and inform.They got me Justice, and achieved a substantial outcome for my case.I am very impressed, and thankful for their outstanding performance on my behalf.I am very pleased, and significantly satisfied with their representation.‐-Sherylon Wilkins
Robert LennonRobert Lennon
15:26 21 Feb 24
Patient and diligence is how I describe the effort of HKG the work was thorough, honest and fair, I have no complaints. Special thanks to attorney Blake and his paralegal Thierry.
Gene Matos (fanboye)Gene Matos (fanboye)
18:48 15 Jan 24
I first crossed paths with Seth Harris when serving jury duty many years ago. He was so professional and personable, that when my mom was seeking legal counsel for medical malpractice, I told her she had to reach out to his firm. We had meetings with a few different firms, but Harris Keenan & Goldfarb was the only firm that did not try to get us to sign paperwork before even meeting. They took the time to listen and understand our situation before we signed anything, and they were transparent and responsive the whole time. I would like to give special thanks to Samantha Walton, Marla Stein, Val Wallace and Seth Harris for helping my mom through this tough time. They were honest and upfront, and even though Seth Harris wasn't personally on the case, he took the time to meet with us and give us his thoughts on it.
Solange IsaacSolange Isaac
17:52 08 Jan 24
I am pleased with the services provided by Ms Sheri on my case. The team at Harris, Keenan, & Goldfarb were very nice and explained everything to me. Everything that I had questions on they answered without frustration and were prompt and knowledgeable.6 years ago I had a slip and fall accident at my employers place of business. I reached out to them because I knew that I was being wrongfully treated. They took care of the case, restored my self confidence, and brought so much peace to my problem riddled life.I can recommend without a shadow of a doubt the services of Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb to anyone who is in need of someone who will have your back!
Brittany DempseyBrittany Dempsey
16:02 08 Jan 24
My mother had an accident with her ankle back in 2019. I immediately contacted Harris, Keenan & Goldfarb on the day of the accident. They were extremely prompt and helpful. They attended to my mother's case beautifully and she's been recovering well. I'd like to thank you for being so diligent, kind and above all professional. I'd recommend this law firm to anyone who are injured and in need of legal assistance. My mother, Andrea, and I thank you for everything.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents Caused by Mechanical Defects

Navigating the complexities of car accidents due to mechanical defects can be challenging. This FAQ section aims to clarify key questions, from identifying defects to legal considerations, providing you with essential knowledge to tackle these situations.

  • What is considered a mechanical defect in a car?

    Mechanical defects in vehicles can range from minor issues that slightly affect the car’s performance to major malfunctions that can lead to serious accidents. Common mechanical defects include problems with the braking system, steering mechanism, tires and treads, suspension, lights, engine, ignition, fuel systems, and transmission. These defects may result from manufacturing errors, wear and tear, or failure to conduct proper maintenance. Identifying and addressing these defects early can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.

  • How do I prove a mechanical defect caused my car accident?

  • Can I still receive compensation if I didn't perform regular maintenance on my car?

  • What compensation can I seek for an accident caused by a mechanical defect?

  • What is the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for a car accident caused by a mechanical defect in New York?

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