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Investigating dangerous modified vehicles and defective aftermarket auto components

Consumer safety advocates are warning that modified vehicles are threatening motorists and overall road safety. American roadways are filled with modified vehicles and aftermarket auto products that have not been properly tested for road and collision worthiness.

What are Modified Vehicles?

Modified vehicles are constructed with aftermarket auto products, or modified from their show room status. Aftermarket vehicles may just take the original frame and create a car that hardly resembles the original automaker design.

It’s not only sporty cars, however, with modified exhaust and spoilers. Trucks, RVs and limousines are frequently modified to taste. Road safety issues may result from irresponsible modified vehicle construction. Some questions after an accident may include the following:

  • Does this aftermarket vehicle or modified vehicle comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?
  • Has a certified automotive engineer reviewed these vehicle design modifications?
  • Have these modified vehicles been equipped with safety features and crash tested?

What are Common Features of Modified Vehicles?

  • Non-standard lighting
  • Window tinting
  • Modified exhaust or muffler removal
  • Ground clearance modification (lifts or drops)
  • Extremely loud sound systems
  • Scissor doors
  • Spoilers
  • Push Guards
  • Blackout kits
  • Windshield obstruction
  • Spinning rims and wheel hubs
  • Cold air intakes
  • Turbochargers
  • Superchargers

Defective modified vehicles and aftermarket auto components cause a great number of auto accidents and subsequent injuries each year in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works to issue auto notices after accidents and auto defects are reported, however, modified vehicles are on the road at all times, endangering motorists and passengers.

Consumer Safety Attorneys can assist in trying to hold individuals and body shops responsible for the damage and harm of an auto accident, and recover rightful compensation following a preventable injury.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Auto Defect Lawyer and Product Liability Attorney reviewing aftermarket auto accident cases and related defective car parts for plaintiffs nationwide. 

The Lyon Firm works with automotive engineers and Accident Investigators to determine the root cause of accidents and specific auto defects. Lawsuits can recover rightful compensation for plaintiffs. 

Dangerous Modified Vehicles & Aftermarket Product Recalls

Auto recalls are issued regularly after road accidents and injuries have already taken their toll on consumers and motorists. Thousands of recalls are announced each year, though can involve defective cars that have been on the road for many years already.


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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.

Joseph Lyon
Keeping the consumer safe

Why are Auto Defects cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result from auto defects or auto accidents, and 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 auto defect lawsuits.


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Questions about Auto Defects Lawsuits

Has My Car Been Recalled?

Consumers can follow recall news or search for current and past recalls on the Web sites of the NHTSA, as well as on other car safety advocate outlets. Look on your car windshield for a 17-character Vehicle Identification Number. Your VIN is also located on your car’s registration card.

If your car has been recalled and you have suffered an injury, contact an auto defect attorney to investigate a potential claim

Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?

You may not be aware that your car is defective. It is not always obvious when your seat belt or other safety component fails to function as intended. It can take an expert in auto engineering to determine what contributed to an accident or injury.

You can contact The Lyon Firm, and we will work diligently to review your auto accident case. If an auto defect was in part responsible for an auto injury, a lawsuit can be filed and a large settlement is likely.

If negligent manufacturers and automakers are directly responsible for an auto-related injury, a product liability and personal injury lawsuit may be filed and compensation may be recovered for accident victims. Plaintiffs may seek compensation that may include property damages, past and future medical expenses, lost wages and future earnings, and pain and suffering.

The Lyon Firm takes pride in representing consumers to make America’s roads safer by holding negligent auto manufacturers accountable for auto defects that lead to accidents and injuries. When car makers fail to institute basic safety measures and fail to test auto components before releasing cars tot he public, they may be targeted in product liability lawsuits.

Did an Auto Defect Cause my Accident?

Auto defects have been known to cause accidents in tire failure, tread separation accidents, brake malfunction and sudden acceleration cases.

Auto defects may not cause every accident, but they can play an integral part in causing injury in the event of an accident. This is common in defective seat back collapse, seat belt defects and airbag defects. When these crucial safety features fail to function as they were intended.

Who is Responsible for Auto Defects?

Auto manufacturers and car makers can be held liable in auto defect lawsuits. Many automakers outsource some of their production and may not always be aware of some defects. Honda, for example, purchased all their defective airbags from Takata.

Some defective auto part suits name other defendants like negligent auto dealerships or auto repair shops who alter car parts or fail to properly repair automobiles and leave a serious safety risk.

What Cars are Defective?

The list of defective automobiles changes each year, and it is more likely that certain components are defective rather than an entire brand name. Nowadays many car makers use the same third-party suppliers, which compounds safety issues when a defective auto part is produced.

What are the Most common Auto Defects?

In recent years, the most common auto defects have been faulty airbags. Millions of cars were recalled for defective airbags. Other common auto defects are defective throttles, defective car software, and tire failures. Tire failure has been an issue in many car accidents and truck accidents.

Can you sue a car manufacturer?

Product liability lawsuits may be filed against automakers if they produce and sell defective cars to the general public, whether knowingly or unintentionally. Automakers may be negligent for not properly testing cars properly before releasing them to consumers. Any accident or injury related to an auto defect can result in a good case against a car manufacturer.