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Types of Auto Defects

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Auto Defects | 0 comments

When people purchase a car, one of the very first things they consider is safety. They will be using the car to go to work, go places with their family, and others. But when the car they bought jeopardizes their safety, the website of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. reveals that there is a higher risk of injury to the driver and their passengers. The bad news is that many car defects do not surface until after an accident.

Cars that cause injuries due to defective parts did not undergo the proper safety testing. In this article, we will look at the most common automobile defects that can put the safety of people at risk:

Defective Airbags

Airbags can save the life of the driver and passenger during serious car accidents. Unfortunately, some airbags malfunction and fail to properly deploy when people need them. In 2015, several auto manufacturers implemented what is considered “the largest auto recall ever” due to defective airbags.

Defective Door Latch

Recalls of many vehicles were also done due to defective door latch. Doors are designed to ensure the safety of the passengers inside the vehicle. Defective door latch mechanisms can cause the door to suddenly fly open. When this happens, the passengers may suffer serious injuries.

Seat Back Failure

Seat back defects happen when the driver or passenger seats collapse during an accident. This usually happens when a vehicle is hit from behind which can result to the occupants being launched into the back seat. In March 2016, a Texas jury awarded $124.5 million to a family that suffered the devastating effects of seat back failure.

Windshield Gazing

Since 1968, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has required all car manufacturers to use gazing materials in their windshields and rear and side windows. The purpose of this material is to keep glass shards from breaking apart during accidents. Unsafe windshields can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and others.

These are just some auto defects that can cause injury or even death to drivers and passengers.

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