Most of us are terrified are car accidents. The statistics give us a right to be: there are tens of thousands of fatalities each year, most of which are due to driver error and completely preventable. But there are also many injuries caused by car defects — and those are the fault of the manufacturer. They often result in investigations, recalls, product liability claims, and action taken by government agencies to ensure manufacturing standards are upheld.
But they can also lead to injuries. These are the most common.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2.12 million vehicles were recalled because of airbag defects. You may have heard about the Takata recall that resulted in 56 million vehicles recalled. The bags often exploded when they deployed, potentially resulting in the death of the driver. Car manufacturers including Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Jeep, Pontiac, and more were affected.
Brake defects occur often, resulting in serious injury or death to the driver and passengers. If the vehicle has not been recalled for a brake defect, then you will want to speak with a lemon lawyer about potential legal action. More than likely, your lawyer will want to conduct a thorough investigation of the defect, try to find additional vehicle owners who experienced the same malfunction, and coordinate a class action lawsuit.
A broken seat belt can be both deadly and illegal. The NHTSA says about 3 million people sustain injuries after accidents because of seat belt defects.
Faulty fuel pumps usually won’t cause injury, but they might prevent your vehicle from starting. Pumps must supply fuel to the engine without interruption. Pumps that fail to do this sometime result in a stalling effect while driving.
Faulty steering components can be extremely dangerous. You don’t want the car to stall and the transmission to cut out whenever you try to turn left.
Before purchasing a vehicle, ensure that there are no fractures in the window. These can be minor, but hairline cracks will grow larger over time. An accident will be more likely to result in the breaking of a window. Glass-related eye injuries are very common during car accidents.
Although a large number of car accidents occur due to alcohol and distracted driving during the day or at night, other occur because of broken or defective headlights and taillights. Perform routine checks to ensure that your lights are functioning properly — police are forced to pull over any vehicle with a light out.