The General Aviation Revitalization Act Of 1994
The General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, often referred to as GARA, was passed as an amendment to the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 to “establish time limitations on certain civil actions against aircraft manufacturers…” In a nutshell, the act protects aircraft and part manufacturers from lawsuits if the aircraft or part at issue is more than 18 years old at the time of the crash. The immunity provided to manufacturers by GARA applies even if the crash was caused by the manufacturer’s negligence, and even if the crash causes injury or death.
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How Might GARA Impact An Aviation Accident Case?
While some claim that GARA has had a positive impact on the airline industry, it may also have a negative impact on an airline accident case by potentially offering immunity to manufacturers that would otherwise have been at fault. There are, however, four instances where GARA’s immunity provision will not apply:
- If it can be shown that the manufacturer misrepresented, withheld or concealed information from the FAA that is directly related to the cause of the crash
- If the victim of a crash is a passenger for the purpose of receiving medical or emergency treatment, such as with air ambulance flights
- If a person killed or injured by a crash was not on board the aircraft, e.g., the resident of a house hit by an aircraft
- If a suit is brought on a written warranty involving the aircraft
It is crucial to consult in an experienced aviation accident attorney to analyze your case and determine the best path forward to find relief. I have successfully litigated a variety of cases involving GARA, and continue to stand by families of airline accident victims who may be impacted by the act. To learn more about your options, schedule your free consultation by calling 214-254-3075.