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Common Vehicle Defects that Cause Road Dangers

By Viles Beckman | Mar 21, 2019

When you purchase a new vehicle, you expect it to be free from defects. But sometimes, there may be unsuspecting problems that could pose dangers on the road. Here’s what every driver should know.

What Is Considered a Defective Product in Vehicles?

A defective product in a vehicle is one that was designed for a specific purpose but ends up malfunctioning. For example, airbags were created to provide passengers with extra protection during a collision. However, if the airbags fail to deploy in an accident, this could indicate a defect. Common defective products may include:

  • Tires
  • Airbags
  • Wiring
  • Seatbelts
  • Fuel systems
  • Steering
  • Vehicle computers

How Do Vehicle Defects Cause Harm?

Vehicle recalls are not uncommon when it comes to car manufacturers. With millions of recalls each year, drivers and passengers can be put in harm’s way. Defective parts in a vehicle can cause many different problems — and not being aware of them can put both passengers and other drivers on the road at risk.

For example, airbags that may not deploy or deploy with too much force could cause injuries to the eyes, brain, and bones — or worse, death. Defective tires can cause you to lose control of your vehicle thus posing the risk of a serious accident.

The Three Factors of Product Liability

If an individual has been injured due to a defective vehicle product, they may be justified to pursue a defective product liability claim. There are three types of product liability:

  • Design Defects – Product designs that may be considered unreasonably dangerous.
  • Manufacturing Defects – The product is flawed due to an error during production.
  • Marketing Defects – This may occur when the manufacturer knows about the defect but did not give the consumer any warnings or when the product is improperly labeled without sufficient instruction.

Product liability cases are very complex and can be difficult to prove. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case.

If you’ve been injured due to a vehicle defect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact Viles & Beckman, LLC at (239) 334-3933 today for a free case evaluation.