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Hello Paul - This past weekend my son was driving his 4 year

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Hello Paul - This past weekend my son was driving his 4 year old Jeep Liberty. My 2 Grandsons were in the back seat and fortunately were not hurt. However, he had driven over a man hole cover which is on our road (it is almost flat with the road ) when he heard a loud POP and the passenger window completely blew to pieces. Glass was everywhere. There was no evidence (called Police) of any deliberate action by any individual. It was only the man hole cover. Windows naturally are not supposed to do this as you know. Other than insurance, does he have any potential claim against Jeep or is it just an insurance matter? There was even glass in the baby seats.
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In order to have a claim against Jeep it would have to be for defective design or defective manufacturing and to prove such a claim this would require an engineer to examine this vehicle and make that determination. It could be just a rare occurrence and neither a defect of design or manufacture, but the only way to know that will be with an expert engineer examining the Jeep. Because there were no injuries and the manufacturer (if there were a defect) is strictly liable only for the damages that occurred, this means it could end up costing you more money for an expert than you could collect for the value of the window, since there are no actual injury claims. Thus, economically it would likely be best to make this as an insurance claim.

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