Safety-Related Vehicle Defects

Even residents of small towns such as Mansfield, Georgia can fall prey to dangerous automobile defects. Whether caused by airbags that fail to deploy or steering components that suddenly break, vehicle defects can have serious and even deadly consequences for drivers. Fortunately, manufacturers who fail to adequately test a product or who use inferior materials during production can be held responsible for their negligence. If you or a loved one live in Newton County and were recently injured in a car crash that was caused by a defective car part, it is critical to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you seek compensation for your losses.

What Constitutes a Defect?

According to federal law, a safety defect is any defect in performance, construction, equipment, or a component of a vehicle that:

  • Poses a risk to the safety of others; and
  • Exists in a group of vehicles of the same design, or in certain pieces of equipment produced by the same manufacturer.

Some of the most common vehicle defects that fall under these categories include:

  • Defective steering components that break and suddenly cause partial or complete loss of vehicle control;
  • Broken fuel system components, especially those that cause gas leakage;
  • Accelerator controls that stick;
  • Cracked or broken wheels;
  • Defective engine cooling fan blades;
  • Windshield wipers that do not work properly;
  • Seats that fail unexpectedly during normal use;
  • Airbags that do not deploy as intended;
  • Wiring system defects that result in the loss of lighting or fires; and
  • Critical car parts that separate from the vehicle, break, or fall apart, causing loss of control.

The fuel pump is what propels gas from the tank to a car’s engine. For this reason, any kind of fuel pump defect is especially deadly as it can easily result in explosions or car fires. Failed brake systems are another dangerous defect that lead to hundreds of crashes every year. To help prevent this, car buyers should always have their brakes inspected and may also want to consider buying a car with a dual brake system, which helps prevent brake failure. Defective suspensions can also have serious consequences, as they often lead to uneven tire wear, which in turn can cause dangerous blowouts.

Collecting Compensation

Manufacturers, distributors, and sellers can all be held legally accountable for failing to use reasonable care when designing, assembling, and shipping vehicles. Although many companies issue recalls when they discover a defect, these measures are often too little, too late. Plaintiffs who can establish breach of warranty or negligence may still be able to collect compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and in some tragic cases, wrongful death.

Contact the Angell Law Firm Today to Speak With an Experienced Mansfield Personal Injury Attorney

Consumers should be able to purchase vehicles without the fear of sudden gas tank explosions, tire blow outs, or steering failures. When these events occur, the effects can be devastating, causing serious injuries and thousands of dollars worth of damage, so if you live in Mansfield or somewhere else in Newton County and you were injured in an accident caused by a defective car part or vehicle, please contact the Angell Law Firm by calling (770) 217-4954 or by initiating a live chat with a member of our experienced legal team.