Automotive engineering expert witnesses are knowledgeable regarding the overall design and proper functionality of automotive vehicles. They have expertise in automotive electrical systems which may fail due to faulty design or manufacturing issues. In the news, Daimler Trucks North America is recalling almost 9,000 2015-2016 Freightliner Cascadia trucks due to possible overheated electrical connections which could result in a fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration writes:
Daimler Trucks has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain model year 2006 through 2011 Freightliner Custom Chassis B2 106 heavy trucks manufactured from December 2, 2005 through June 30, 2010, equipped with specific MBE900 EPA04 and EPA07 engines assembled with specific intake air grid heaters.
Detroit Diesel Corporation has determined that some certified EPA04 and EPA07 MBE900 engines were assembled with a grid heater which may short circuit and fail due to excessive internal temperatures. If the condition goes undetected it may result in a fire internal to the engine compartment.
Litigation in this area requires an expert with knowledge of vehicle engineering as well as automotive industry standards, codes and compliance. When a litigate alleges that a car or some of its equipment has posed a safety risk and associated damage, automotive engineering expert witnesses are called upon to offer highly skilled and credible testimony.
By: Karen Olson
20+ Years in Legal Research