When people buy cars, they always have the assumption that the vehicle was tested safe and free from defects. When purchasing cars on any vehicle for that matter, people expect seat belts to keep them safe, airbags to deploy when there is an accident, and the chassis to remain intact during an accident. Unfortunately, the last few years has seen a rise in the number of vehicle recalls due to defective components.
When accidents happen as a result of defective car components, the driver and their passengers suffer most from the negligence of the manufacturer as well as the dealer of the car. When the built in safety features of the car fails in securing the driver and passengers, there is a risk of serious accidents which could lead to injuries and worse death. While most car accidents are attributed to human negligence and bad driving habits, this does not mean that all crashes resulted from a negligent driver.
According to research, the following are the most common car defects which contribute to serious accidents:
Defective Steering Wheel & Brakes. Defects in the steering wheel and brake can cause a driver to lose control of their vehicle which could lead to single or multi-car accidents.
Faulty Accelerators. Defects in the accelerator can cause the car to speed up. Applying the brakes or using the emergency brake will not work in these types of defects.
Defective Tires. This is the most common type of car manufacturing defects. Cracks or defects in the tires can lead to blowouts resulting to accidents and serious injuries.
Airbag Problems. Airbag defects fall into two types: airbags that do not deploy with no cause and airbags that fail to deploy
Defective Seatbelts. Seatbelts are designed to keep drivers safe. If they fail to function properly, the resulting injury could be serious.