Defective Auto Components
It’s a terrifying thought that any part of your car might suddenly fail to work properly while traveling at significant speeds, but it happens every day. Mechanical failure is responsible for about 13% of all car crashes in the U.S. Although some of these failures are due to the age and condition of the vehicle, some are caused by defective design or manufacture of the vehicle or its parts.
What could happen if I have a defective car part or component?
The consequences of having a defective car component are endless and almost inevitably dangerous. Among other things, defective parts or vehicle design flaws can cause:
- SUVs or Jeeps to roll over
- fuel tanks to explode
- seat belts to become unhooked
- airbag inflation failure
- unintended acceleration
- brake failure
- windshield wipers breakdown
- tire blowouts
- locked steering wheels
- headlight or taillight malfunction
Naturally, mechanical failures such as these can lead to serious accidents and catastrophic injuries, including brain damage, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and fractures, burns, lacerations, facial disfigurement, and even death.
What should I do if I believe my car or truck has a defective component?
If you think your car or truck has a defect that compromises your safety, don’t delay in having the vehicle assessed by an experienced mechanic. You can do research by going to www.safercar.gov to see whether the vehicle manufacturer has issued a recall for your vehicle or any of its components. If so, those responsible may be required to replace the vehicle or part or reimburse you for repairs.
How can I protect myself against defective car components?
If your car has a warning light illuminated or the vehicle otherwise doesn’t seem to be working properly, don’t hesitate to investigate the problem or take the car to a skilled mechanic. Also be sure to:
- Check the brake fluid level. Brake fluid levels decrease with brake use; however, the level should decrease slowly over time. If the fluid level drops suddenly, it may indicate a leak in the braking system.
- Watch tire pressure levels. When a tire is under-inflated by more than 25%, there is a higher risk of the tire overheating and blowing out, particularly in hot weather. Never ignore a signal indicating low tire pressure, as the tire may be defective.
- Regularly inspect all lights and bulbs. If the taillights or headlights on your car fail, you can be put in serious danger. Make sure the lights on your car are operating at normal levels of brightness.
When should I contact a defective auto part attorney?
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident and you believe a defective auto part might have contributed to causing the accident, don’t delay in contacting a skilled products liability lawyer. An experienced lawyer can gather and sift through the evidence to determine whether your injuries were caused by a defective part and identify who should be held responsible for your injuries.
If the facts indicate that your injuries were likely caused by a defective vehicle part, a lawyer can help you file a lawsuit against the culpable party to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Peter Ventura is a Massachusetts products liability lawyer dedicated to helping Massachusetts residents who have suffered injuries caused by defective auto parts recover compensation for their damages. Call for a free consultation today at 508-755-7535.