When consumers hear that an automobile has been recalled or that there is a recall on their vehicles, they need to do all they can to get those vehicles repaired or replaced. A recall is normally only issued when part of the vehicle isn’t in compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) requirements. If there is a safety-related defect inside the vehicle or its equipment, this will also lead to a recall.
Some defects are safety-related, and those are the most dangerous. Here are a few things to know about safety defects and some example.
Safety defects can cause serious crashes
Safety defects make it so the vehicle places the driver and others on the roadways at an unreasonable risk of harm because of the construction, design or performance of the vehicle. The defect may be found in performance, construction, the materials made to create components or the vehicle itself or in the components themselves. Most importantly, these defects generally exist in vehicles of the same type and manufacture and threaten the safety of drivers and passengers.
Some good examples of safety defects include accelerator controls that stick or catch, steering components that sheer or break off causing a loss of control of the vehicle, windshield wiper assemblies that fail to activate or work properly, air bags that deploy suddenly or in an inappropriate manner or even seats that suddenly move, shift or fail while the vehicle is in operation. These defects can cause distractions, a loss of control and other hazards that put people at risk of being in a crash.
If you or a loved one have been injured because of a vehicle defect or a recall that didn’t happen in time to notify the vehicle owners, then you may have a case for compensation against the manufacturer and others.