There were a record 74.2 million recalls in 2014 (the last year that data has been made available), and well over 130 million automobiles have been recalled in the United States in the last two years. Still, it’s important to note that a large number of recalls is not always a bad thing, and if handled properly, proactive measures such as these can actually help many manufacturers catch problems before they have a chance to hurt consumers. Design defects can become a serious problem when they go unaddressed, and such negligence on the part of companies may be grounds for an injury or wrongful death lawsuit. (CNN Money; NHTSA)
At Levin & Perconti, our lawyers have fought and won hundreds of cases against negligent manufacturers and distributors, and we are proud of the important role that our legal team has played in holding companies accountable for the products they produce and distribute. 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-Properly designed brakes are incredibly important for keeping you and your passengers 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, 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 have several front and side airbags in order 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.
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. If you or someone you know has been injured because of another party’s negligence or reckless actions, you may be entitled to compensation as well. If you think you may have a case, call our lawyers for a free consultation to explore your legal options.