Auto Defects Greatly Increase Risk of Accident and Serious Injuries

In 2014, two car companies recalled a fleet of their vehicles due to defective parts. One of the firms, Nissan, recalled nearly a million of its vehicles because of unreliable front passenger air bags; General Motors, the other firm, recalled 2.4 million of its sedans due to faulty taillights. Besides this, General Motors also had to recall 26.9 million more vehicles due to a defective ignition system. Though alarmingly big, these recalls were just half of the nearly 53 million vehicles recalled worldwide (about 34 million are in the US) due to the explosive air bag inflator manufactured by Takata Corp. and installed in various car brands and models. This recall due to exploding Takata air bag is presently the biggest auto-safety recall in the history of the car industry.

Hundreds of different recalls have been made in the past by vehicle manufacturers due to parts that malfunctioned. Some of these include a transmission shift cable that detaches, power steering that fails, a seat belt cable that fails to provide proper restrain, fickle tail/brake lights, front seats that do not detect occupants (which would result to air bags not deploying during an accident), and electronics that can disable front and side curtain air bags and seat belt pretentioners.

A recall can be made by a vehicle manufacturer – this is called a voluntary recall, or may be made through a court order instigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A recall becomes necessary when vehicles or vehicle parts turn out to have a safety-related defect or fail to comply with minimum safety standards set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations of the NHTSA.

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations is a set of guidelines to manufacturers of motor vehicles and vehicle parts. This was created by the NHTSA for the purpose of protecting the public against defective cars and malfunctioning parts which increase risk of injury or death during crashes. This set of guidelines specifically detail the minimum safety performance requirements for motor vehicles and parts, especially those parts that affect a vehicle’s safe operation, such as the brakes, lights and tires, and those that will keep drivers and passengers protected from fatal or serious injuries, like child restraint, air bag, safety belt, energy absorbing steering columns and motorcycle helmets (these federal standards cover all types of vehicles and vehicle parts).

According to Georgetown car accident attorneys of Evans Moore, LLC, one thing that can make car accidents so scary and so potentially dangerous is their unpredictability, which may be caused by a defective car part. A malfunctioning part increases risk of accident, which a driver can fail to escape from regardless of how careful a driver he/she is.

If a car accident occurs due to a defective part, however, an innocent victim should know that he/she can pursue legal action in order to seek compensation for the losses, injuries, and pain and suffering he/she was made to unjustly suffer. Being represented by an experienced car accident lawyer in this legal pursuit may be to the advantage of the accident victim.

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