Heavier fines may be exactly what’s necessary to spur automobile manufacturers to be prompt about doing the right thing after they have put defective and dangerous automobiles on the road.
North Charleston, SC (PRWEB) March 01, 2012
Charleston automotive products liability lawyer Ken Harrell today expressed support for a proposal before Congress to increase fines levied against automakers who are slow to recall defective vehicles.
“Money is the prime motivator for manufacturers,” said Harrell, managing partner at Joye Law Firm, a Charleston personal injury firm that has represented clients across South Carolina in car accident cases involving defective automotive products.
“Heavier fines may be exactly what’s necessary to spur automobile manufacturers to be prompt about doing the right thing after they have put defective and dangerous automobiles on the road,” Harrell said.
“Automakers who recall defective automobiles in a timely manner like they should will have nothing to fear from fines of any amount.”
The proposal, part of a larger bill to reform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, would increase maximum fines for manufacturers that delay recalls to $250 million from its current level of about $17 million, according to The Detroit News.
Various lobbying groups for automobile makers have called for less of an increase.
Harrell said that, in addition to creating the risk of serious injury and death, leaving defective cars on the road is ultimately more costly for automobile manufacturers.
The Joye Law Firm has secured multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients in automotive product liability cases, including a $262.5 million verdict for the family of a deceased child in Jiminez v. Chrysler Corporation in 1997 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. (Civil Action No: 2:96-1269-11). (The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals later ordered a new trial based on the size of the verdict. The case settled for a confidential amount before a second trial.)
“If the moral issue of leaving defective cars on the road is not enough, if the bad publicity is not enough, let the threat of enough money being extracted from corporate coffers induce automobile makers to act responsibly,” Harrell said.
Harrell said the Charleston automotive product liability lawyers of Joye Law firm will continue to pursue personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of those hurt by carelessly designed, built and sold automobiles.
“We’ll continue to seek the compensation that victims of defective automotive products deserve and, in doing so, we hope to put pressure on automakers to respect the need to make the roads safer for all motorists,” Harrell said.
About Joye Law Firm
Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has been fighting to help people throughout South Carolina with their legal challenges in a broad range of practice areas, including personal injury, car accidents, birth injury, brain injury, defective products, drug injury, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, Social Security disability, spinal cord injury, traffic tickets, truck accidents, workers’ compensation and wrongful death. The South Carolina law firm has offices in Charleston and Myrtle Beach and assists clients in areas that include Florence, Richland County, Orangeburg, Columbia, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and the Horry County communities of Conway and North Myrtle Beach. Contact the firm by calling (888) 324-3100 or filling out its online form.