Car Defects: Who is at fault?

Sometimes luck isn’t on our side when we’re driving. Random occurrences like another person causing an accident, a storm, or a car defect. Car defects are one of the most common causes of car accidents.

Although a car defect may seem unavoidable, the truth is a lot of these issues can be avoidable. Meaning if you have the proper literacy on car maintenance then you’ll be less likely to experience a car defect.

A car defect isn’t necessarily a “recall” on a car for something random like a seatbelt or airbag malfunction. Issues such as tires popping from not being rotated, engines failing for not having oil, and much more are all examples of car defects.

As you can tell, a lot of these issues can be avoided. To highlight the importance of car maintenance and the dangers of driving with a car defect, we’re going to go over the statistics, examples, and how to avoid these issues surrounding the subject.

Statistics on Car Defects

As noted, down below are a few car defect statistics that highlight the dangers of driving with a car defect.

  • The vehicle itself was responsible for 44,000 of the 2.2 million accidents reviewed by the NHTSA.
  • Accelerators that stick or break are one of the most common examples of a car accident being caused by a car defect.
  • People are more likely to get in an accident when a car defect occurs.

Common Car Defects

As noted, down below are a few examples of common car defects.

  • Accelerators that stick or break.
  • Airbags that deploy for no reason.
  • Electrical system issues.
  • Wheels that end up falling apart and cause the driver to lose control.
  • Steering components that break and cause the driver to lose control.
  • Fuel system components that can leak and cause a fire.
  • Windshield wipers that cause the driver to not see properly.
  • Seats that break and cause the driver to not drive properly.
  • Any vehicle component that breaks and hurts the ability for the driver to drive properly.

As you can tell, there are countless examples of this subject. In simple terms, anything from the car itself that negatively hurts the driver’s ability to drive is an issue.

How to Avoid Car Defects

Although a lot of these problems are out of our control, it’s important to be on top of your car maintenance to help prevent these issues from occurring. Meaning if you get your tires rotated properly, get your inspection done at the right time, fix car issues when they happen, get your oil changed properly, and be on alert for any other maintenance your car requires, you’ll be less likely for a random car defect to happen.

Another aspect to consider is to be on the lookout for recalls. If there’s a recall on your specific car, then you should take the recall seriously. For all you know, the recall could save your life. 

Have you been injured because of a factory car defect?

Car manufacturers have a responsibility to provide safe vehicles for their customers. Some manufacturers will issue recalls because their vehicle’s defects present a serious safety risk. On really good example are airbags. When installed correctly, they can save lives. When installed incorrectly, or they are defective, they can make car accident injuries even worse.

If you or someone you know has been injured or killed because of a vehicle manufacturer’s defects, call out office at (865) 888-8888 and one of our experienced attorneys will help them with the next steps toward receiving the compensation they deserve. Also, complete our simple contact form and one of our friendly staff will reach out to you as soon as possible.