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Roof Rack Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The purpose of multi-purpose roof rack bar carries is to provide convenient storage space for skis, luggage, and other personal items on top of a vehicle, allowing the motorist more room and comfort inside the vehicle. An online ad claims that putting a roof carrier on your automobile is similar to adding a second story to your home. Another ad compares a roof rack to a margarita glass, as fun tends to follow both when they are full.

These carriers are widely available throughout the U.S. from numerous retailers including Walmart and through Cequent Consumer Products, Inc. is the manufacturer of a number of these products, including:

  • Reese Carry Power Multi-Purpose Rooftop Bar Carrier (Model 13907)
  • Highland Multi-Purpose Rooftop Bar Carrier (Model 2005200)
  • Highland Telescoping Bar Carrier (Model 2508500)
  • Highland Universal Car Roof Top Basket Carrier (Model 35036)
  • Reese Basket Carrier (Model 13909)

Lawsuit for Death Caused by Defective Roof Carrier

Consumers purchasing roof carriers have a right to expect that the carriers, once installed, will remain attached to the vehicle, protecting their belongings from loss or damage from falling onto the open road. Even more importantly, other motorists on the road, and particularly motorcycle riders, have a right to expect that the road will not be strewn with the contents of roof racks that have detached from vehicles. Those contents, if allowed to spill onto the road or highway, pose dangerous and life-threatening obstacles and create the risk of serious car accidents or motorcycle accidents.

Belt & Bruner, P.C. is representing the Estate of Jimmy Wayne Isbell in a product liability lawsuit filed against Cequent Consumer Products, Inc., captioned: ESTATE OF JIMMY WAYNE ISBELL v. CEQUENT CONSUMER PRODUCTS, INC., ET AL., CV 12-900792, CIRCUIT COURT OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, ALABAMA (BESSEMER DIVISION).

Jimmy Wayne Isbell was killed in a fatal accident , and the lawsuit alleges a Cequent multi-purpose bar carrier, purchased at Walmart, detached from the roof of a vehicle on the interstate, scattering luggage and personal items in the path of his motorcycle.

The lawsuit contends that the bar carrier on the vehicle was defective and/or unreasonably dangerous as it was designed to stay attached to the vehicle for the purpose of transporting personal belongings and failed to perform in accordance with its designed use. The legal action claims that Cequent Consumer Products, Inc. breached express and implied warranties as the roof carrier was not fit for its intended use of carrying objects on top of vehicles that are driven on the open road. The lawsuit also alleges that the defendant failed to provide adequate warning to consumers of the dangers associated with using the roof top bar carrier.

Holding Unsafe Product Manufacturers Accountable

Our firm has represented many individuals and families who have suffered serious injuries or lost loved ones because of unsafe products. If you have been injured or lost someone you love because of the failure or detachment of a multi-purpose bar carrier manufactured by Cequent Consumer Products, Inc., or through the use of any other defective or dangerous product, our product liability lawyer can assist you in investigating your potential claim.

Our attorneys have tried and settled many product liability claims against some of the world’s largest and most powerful manufacturers. Our founding attorney has been named by the American Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, awarded a Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Rating, and listed among Alabama Super Lawyers®. We have the knowledge, experience, and resources to handle any type of product liability claim.