If you are like most drivers in the United States, you spend plenty of time behind the wheel. In fact, according to the American Automobile Association, the average U.S. adult drives for 46 minutes and travels 26 miles every day. With so much time on four wheels, it’s easy to feel safe, but even the most responsible drivers cannot avoid accidents caused by defective auto parts.
Defects can happen during the design, manufacture or sale of an auto part. If a defect poses a safety risk, then a recall will be issued by the vehicle or part manufacturer, or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Recalls are far more common than many people realize. In 2014, at least 63.9 million vehicles were recalled.
You might feel safer buying a new vehicle, but some defects are not discovered until automobiles enter the consumer market. For example, Fortune reports on a defect in the gear-shifting control of the 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee. This flaw injured dozens of people and allegedly caused the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin, according to CNN.
If you were injured or lost a family member due to an auto part defect, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other damages. A personal-injury attorney from the Luke Dow Law Firm will evaluate your case to determine if you may have grounds for a claim. Call 512-518-4104 to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer in Austin, Texas.
10 Common Auto Part Defects in New Vehicles
Any auto part can have a potentially dangerous defect, and even the most established auto manufacturers have had to recall vehicles. In fact, General Motors recalled at least 26 million vehicles in 2013.
These 10 defects are particularly common, and they have contributed to thousands of injuries and deaths:
- Brakes that do not engage;
- Tire tread that wears too quickly;
- Seats that inhibit the driver from operating the vehicle safely;
- Airbags that send shrapnel throughout the vehicle, or that activate for no reason;
- Steering wheels that break, leaving the driver with no control of the vehicle;
- Defective windshield wipers that do not clear water and debris from the windshield;
- Engines that stall unexpectedly and cause rear-end collisions;
- Accelerator pedals that get stuck;
- Faulty wiring systems that contribute to fires; and
- Wheels that break under pressure.
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