What Are the Most Common Auto Defects?

You probably get into your vehicle every day and assume it will get you where you need to go safely. Unfortunately, for too many people in Texas and across the country, that is not the case. Automotive defects account for too many fatalities and injuries every year. For example, as ABC News reports, a recent issue with a faulty ignition switch on General Motors vehicles has led to 398 injuries and deaths.

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations outlines the minimum requirements a vehicle must meet in order to safely operate and protect drivers and passengers. According to the guidelines, a vehicle recall will be necessary when the vehicle or its parts do not comply with the standards or there is a defect that is safety-related.

Some common types of safety-related defects include the following:

  • A broken or sticking accelerator control
  • Wheels that are prone to breaking or cracking
  • Air bags that unnecessarily deploy
  • Defective safety belts or buckles on child safety seats
  • Wiring, steering or fuel system issues that can cause fires or loss of control

If you suspect that your vehicle has a defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges you to report the issue to the agency as soon as possible. Once the NHTSA has compiled a number of similar complaints about the product, it may issue a safety-related recall.

Further, if you have been involved in an accident for which an auto defect may have been responsible, you might have legal recourse to hold the manufacturer accountable. While this information is useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.


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