How safe do you feel in your car? You might be aware of the threat posed by drunk drivers, speedy motorcycles and even distracted pedestrians - but you may not have considered hazards within the vehicle itself.
Cars are complex machines that rely on an extensive array of technologies to work properly. Sometimes, though, auto parts do not function as intended.
Defective parts can lead to serious accidents that cause injuries or fatalities. Unfortunately, these situations are more common than many people realize. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 64 million vehicles were recalled in 2015 due to dangerous defects - a new record for recalls in a single year.
Vehicles are usually recalled after one or more of their engine or body parts are deemed to be dangerously flawed. Sadly, some drivers learn about these defects too late.
If you were in a car crash due to a defective auto part, contact an Atlanta personal-injury attorney from The Finnell Firm. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free consultation with an accident lawyer.
10 Common Auto Part Defects - and How They Lead to Accidents
The NHTSA or vehicle manufacturer must issue a recall if it discovers a dangerous defect. General Motors - the company behind brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick - has stated that it recalled more than 26 million vehicles in 2013.
If you would like to find out if your car was recalled, visit the NHTSA's Safercar website at www.safercar.gov. You can also report defects on that website.
Some defects are more common than others. In particular, these 10 defects account for a substantial portion of vehicle recalls in the United States:
1. Brakes that fail to engage can leave you helpless to avoid a crash;
2. Steering wheels that break or snap can cause you to lose control;
3. Accelerator pedals that become stuck in position can force the vehicle to speed up;
4. Tires that wear too quickly can cause dangerous skidding and sliding;
5. Wheels and rims that crack under pressure can lead to unpredictable swerving;
6. Windshield wipers that malfunction can inhibit your visibility;
7. Seats or backrests that fail unexpectedly can hamper your ability to drive safely;
8. Faulty wiring systems can give rise to erratic performance and even a fire;
9. Airbags that activate unexpectedly often result in obstruction and injury;
10. And engines that stall without cause or warning can lead to rear-end crashes.
If you were injured or involved in an accident while driving in a car with defective parts, you may have a claim against the vehicle's manufacturer. Contact a personal-injury attorney from The Finnell Firm to discuss your legal options.
Atlanta accident lawyer Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years, much of which has been focused in the area of personal-injury law. Call 866-464-4017 today to schedule a free initial consultation.