The 5 Most Common Automobile Defects

Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 3-Aug-2015

Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States, and many of these accidents are the result of human negligence. This doesn’t mean all crashes are the result of bad driving though. In fact, negligence can start long before a car hits the road, such as during the design and manufacturing process.

According to the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 30,000 people died in car accidents in 2009. In 2014, The Washington Post announced that one in five cars produced that year had a defect, more than any previous year.

An Overview of Common Auto Defects

Research suggests the following defects are among the most common flaws found in new vehicles:

  1. Steering Wheels & Brakes – Steering wheel and brake failures can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle, which may lead to devastating single or multi-car accidents.
  2. Accelerators – An accelerator defect can cause the vehicle to speed up, even when the driver applies the brakes or uses the emergency brake.
  3. Tire Defects – Tire defects are among the most common types of manufacturing flaws. Cracked or faulty defects can lead to tire blowouts, accidents, and serious injuries.
  4. Airbag Defects – There are two types of airbag defects: airbags that deploy with no cause and airbags that fail to deploy during accidents.
  5. Seatbelt Failures – If a seatbelt fails to function properly during an accident, passengers could suffer serious injuries or death.

What to Do if Your Car Is Defective

If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by an auto defect, you can seek compensation for your financial and noneconomic damages. With the help of a New York product liability attorney, you may be able to recover money for missed wages, doctors’ bills, hospitalization expenses, and more. For additional information about your rights as an accident victim, call our office now and speak with a representative from The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP.

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