Injury Law Blog

Examples of motor vehicle safety defects

Motor vehicle manufacturers are human and they make mistakes. The problem is that American consumers — drivers and passengers alike — often become the guinea pigs that determine over time whether a particular manufactured item is dangerous or not.

In the case of a defective or dangerously-manufactured vehicle, injured motorists and passengers will have the ability to pursue financial damages in court by holding the negligent manufacturer responsible.

Here are some examples of common, and dangerous, motor vehicle defects caused by manufacturers:

  • Steering components that malfunction and cause drivers to lose control of their cars.
  • Fuel system problems that render a vehicle susceptible to fires due to fuel leaks and causing crash damages to be much more severe.
  • Controls for accelerators that get stuck or break.
  • Rubber on wheels that’s in danger of cracking or breaking, which could result in the tires splitting at high speeds to cause an accident.
  • Fan blades in engines that can break and injure a mechanic doing work on a particular car.
  • Windshield wipers that don’t function the right way and result in poor visibility.
  • Seats that fail while in use or while driving, causing serious hazards to drivers and passengers.

There are so many ways that a vehicle could get damaged or destroyed, simply because of a malfunctioning piece of equipment. When these pieces of equipment also cause injuries to the drivers and passengers inside the cars, victims and their families may want to consider pursuing financial restitution and justice in court. Compensation may be sought for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.