Common Vehicle DefectsJuly 3, 2018
Today’s vehicles are safer than ever thanks to the latest advances in safety technology, including accident avoidance systems, blind-spot detection, and lane departure warnings. However, when a vehicle has a defective part, it can have devastating consequences that safety technology cannot always prevent. It is important to make sure that your car is functioning properly and address any issues promptly to avoid a serious car accident.
- Airbag Defects: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over two million vehicles were recalled due to airbags deploying either too late or too soon. The widely publicized Takata airbags have been recalled.
- Defective Brakes: If brakes fail, the driver may be unable to control the vehicle, which can lead to a serious or fatal collision. It is recommended that you purchase a vehicle that has a dual brake system so that if one circuit fails, the other can take over.
- Defective Steering Components: Even an experienced driver will not be able to control a vehicle if the steering is not functioning properly. Steering components should be checked before purchasing a vehicle and during regular service checks.
- Defective Tires: Tires that have defective or misaligned suspensions can blowout due to uneven wear and tear. If you are purchasing a used vehicle, always check the tire pressure before buying the car.
- Fuel System Defects: If a vehicle has a defective fuel pump, it can cause the car to stall. This can cause very serious accidents if the car stalls on a busy road or highway. When the engine sputters or loses power while accelerating, it is a sign of a faulty fuel pump.
- Defective Ignitions: 6 million General Motors (GM) vehicles were recalled because of a faulty ignition switch. If something hits the ignition switch, the vehicle can lose power, which means that the brakes, power steering, and airbags will not function. GM reported over 97 fatalities from defective ignition switches.
- Design Flaws: Some cars are designed in a way that makes them susceptible to accidents. For example, due to their high center of gravity, SUVs are more likely to rollover when making a sharp turn.
- Defective Seatbelts: Seatbelts are one of the most effective safety features in cars today. Defects can include a broken latch or malfunctioning tension detectors. The NHTSA reports that approximately three million people are injured in accidents involving defective seatbelts each year.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect Victims of Auto Defects
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by an auto defect, it is in your best interest to contact the highly skilled Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will take every step necessary to determine who is responsible for the defective part that caused your accident. Our team of experienced car accident lawyers will seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Protecting your rights is our top priority. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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