Accidents caused by negligent drivers account for many of the car accident injuries in the United States each year, but automobile design defects are also responsible for thousands of injuries annually. Vehicle designs are becoming increasingly complex, with more and more electronics and technological features. While this provides more value for consumers, it also means that there are a greater number of components with the potential to malfunction. Our lawyers want to provide readers with a list of some of the most common automobile design defects, with the hope that this information will help our drivers recognize potential problems related to their vehicles before they are injured.
Brakes-The design of your brakes is incredibly important in keeping you safe on the road. If you notice that your vehicle is not stopping as it should, or your brakes are wearing at an alarming rate, make sure to have them checked out at a dealership to ensure it isn’t part of a larger problem.
Tires-Tires are essential for retaining traction on the road, keeping you safe while driving, especially in adverse conditions. Tires that are improperly designed can wear down too quickly, or blow out on the road, putting the occupants of the vehicle and everyone around them in danger. Check your tires routinely, and replace your tires when needed.
Air Bags-Most new cars now have several front and side airbags to better protect the occupants of your vehicle in the event of a collision. However, when the complex electrical components related to these safety devices are not properly installed, they can fire prematurely, or fail to fire altogether, leaving you susceptible to serious injury.
Fuel Intake-This defect is particularly dangerous, as it can lead to fuel fed fires when a vehicle is involved in an accident. These problems are often very difficult to detect, so if you notice anything out of the ordinary related to your vehicles fuel tank or gas usage, it is important to take it in for inspection immediately. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
These are just a few of the hundreds of things that can be defective in a car, so it is important to always be aware of safety news related to your vehicles make and model. Since the website’s launch, our lawyers have been telling readers to go to SaferCar.gov to check out the latest updates related to the auto recalls, but the government shutdown means that this site is currently not being updated. Whether a deal is reached to end the government shutdown tonight or not, it is important that drivers be proactive in seeking information regarding recalls from their vehicles manufacturer, and take their own measures to ensure their safety.