Common Defects in Automobiles

Common causes of motor vehicle accidents include distracted driving, intoxication and reckless driving. However, these are not the only ones. Sometimes another vehicle does not need to be involved for you to get into an accident. It can be the fault of your own automobile.

When you purchase a vehicle, you expect it to perform its functions properly and keep you safe. When it does not, you can become seriously injured and may have a product liability case on your hands.

Unsafe design

A classic example of a faulty auto design is with SUVs. Their size gives them a high center of gravity, making them more susceptible to rolling over in a crash and causing fatalities. In addition, poor design may lead to overall low crashworthiness (level of safety in a crash) and more severe injuries.

Faulty manufacturer parts

Another potential hazard is parts that malfunction while you are driving. Toyota and Lexus have recently recalled certain cars because they may unintentionally accelerate, and Takata has gone bankrupt due to its exploding air bags.

Manufacturers usually notify you of a voluntary or ordered recall so you can take advantage of the correction before the problematic equipment causes you harm. You can also find out about recalls through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not all recalls pose a serious threat, but you should still seek a replacement or repair to be safe.

New parts and accessories

The parts that came with your automobile may be fine, but additional parts and accessories you have bought may be dangerous. For example, the new tires you put on your car may blow out, or the car seat your child uses may be defective. As long as the part is necessary for your safety while operating the vehicle and not damaged from everyday wear and tear, then you may be eligible to file a product liability lawsuit.

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