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Defective Car Jacks Injure Thousands of People Each Year 

For the last 40-plus years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated millions of recalls of automobiles and auto-related components and parts, including car jacks and ramps.

Some recalled car jacks have been sold with specific cars, and others sold individually. The dangerous products have one thing in common: they had safety-related defects or were not produced to federal motor vehicle safety standards.

Even with many years of quality assurance and lawsuits that target companies that market and distribute faulty products, many cars and auto parts make it to the American market only to be recalled because of defects. The majority of recalls for vehicle defects are ordered after only after a manufacturer is pressured by sustained injuries and legal action.

According to an article published in Forbes, thousands of people are seriously injured each year when using a car jack or similar type of hoist. The study cited in the article indicated that 40 percent of car jack failures occur while the jack is being used to lift the entire body of a vehicle off the ground, while 19 percent of car jack failures occur when the car is only partially being lifted for tire maintenance.

Around 18 percent of the jack failings were linked to pressure loss in the jack, which means the jack could no longer support the vehicle. Common injuries following car jack accidents include amputations, head and neck injuries, lacerations and crush injuries.

If you have been injured by an accident involving a car jack or ramp, and suspect a defective product, seek medical attention, and contact an experienced attorney.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati Catastrophic Injury and Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and automobile defect cases. 

Is My Car Jack Defective?

A good measure of an inherent defect is if a product fails to work in the manner for which it was intended. Even so, to prove a product is defective, the use of auto experts may be required.

Experts can investigate and determine the type of metal used, manufacturing process and design process. Products like car jacks can be defective as part of a defective design, a defective production process, or for inadequate labeling and instructions.

  • Design & Manufacturing Defect: Jack stands and ramps can be defectively designed and liability can be imposed on the manufacturer. Manufacturing defects may exist where the product that came off of a manufacturer’s floor improperly assembled.
  • Labeling Defects: Products can be deemed defective because of an improperly placed label, or a label that contains improper information. For example, if the car jack states that it has a weight capacity of 4,000 pounds and it can only safely hold 2,000 pounds, a lawsuit is warranted. Other defects can include inadequate instructions on how to operate the jack or does not state conditions or places.

Defective Car Jack Lawsuits

As trusting consumers, we use common machinery and auto equipment and expect to remain safe. It is reasonable to expect everyday devices to work. However, when they fail and cause serious injury or death, the manufacturer or distributor that sells the devices may be held liable for damages.

Injuries resulting from a defective tire replacement machine can be devastating. Bone fractures, crush injuries, head and spinal injuries and orthopedic trauma can result. An experienced product liability and personal injury lawyer can assist in evaluating the causes of an injury. To build a strong product liability case, there must be evidence that the design of the car jack was defective or a manufacturing defect existed. The Lyon Firm works closely with design experts to trace the defect back to a design or manufacturing source.

Compensation can be awarded for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, as well as punitive damages against a company for disregard for the safety of consumers.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses.

Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


Questions about Defective Car Jack Cases

What is the Process?

Pre-Suit Investigation and Negotiations: Personal injury lawsuits are unique and require a thorough investigation before a lawsuit is filed. An initial investigation involves gathering all relevant medical records, accident reports, and interviews with available witnesses.  Preservation letters are drafted to notify the defendant of the case. The duty to preserve electronic evidence is critical in most cases to prevent spoliation.

Filing a Lawsuit in Cincinnati: If pre-suit negotiations are unsuccessful, then a lawsuit must be filed to preserve the statute of limitations.  Filing a lawsuit early in the process is often necessary to begin gathering evidence while the witnesses memories are fresh and documents remain available.

Once suit is filed by your personal injury lawyer, the court will set a case management schedule and the parties will begin exchanging information in the formal process of discovery. Depositions will be taken to preserve testimony for trial and to understand what certain witnesses are likely to say at trial.

Proving Negligence, Causation and Damages: In addition to lay witness testimony and other documentary evidence, personal injury claims rely upon medical and scientific evidence to prove negligence, causation and damages. The chosen expert in a case must have a reliable and sound basis in science and in the facts of the case or his opinion may not be admissible under the rules of evidence.

In the areas of Toxic and Environmental Torts, the admission of expert testimony may be scrutinized harder than in other areas simply because the subject may not have been as widely tested and may rest on novel scientific theories.

Why Hire a Product Liability Attorney?

A product liability Lawyer can assist in not only reviewing your accident and injury case, but is able to hold large corporations accountable for the negligent actions in releasing unsafe products to the public.

Car Jack manufacturers must be held liable in order to keep mechanical work safe in America. A product liability case seeks compensation for injured plaintiffs, but can also punish manufactures for failing to properly test their products before they are sold to the public.

When manufactures fail to produce reliable car jacks and fail to provide safe mechanical equipment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and product liability attorneys can hold them responsible and help mitigate injuries and future damages.

The majority of accidents and injuries due to defective car jacks are preventable, but defective design and manufacturing defects may leave victims with huge medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and, in many cases, permanent injuries.

Our Victories

The Lyon Firm aggressively, professionally, and passionately advocates for injured individuals and families against negligent individuals or companies to obtain just compensation under the law. 



(Brown County, Kentucky):   The Lyon Firm was second chair a case involving a driver texting and driving when he crossed the median, killing a father of four. The case was resolved once discovery confirmed the cell phone records proved the texting-related incident. The settlement will pay for the surviving childrens’ education. The driver was likely facing additional criminal charges at the time of the settlement.



(Cincinnati, Ohio):  The Lyon Firm was lead counsel in a $495,000 settlement. This case involved a motorcycle operator who sustained fractures of the calcaneus, talus, medial cuneiform, tarsal bones, and tarsometatarsal when a car ignored its driving lane and crossed into his right-of-way. Settlement provided repayment of medical bills of $20,000 and funds for future education to re-enter the work force in a less physically-demanding job.

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