Many individuals each year find that their brand new automobiles are riddled with faults that make them both unreliable and difficult to drive. Though many drivers treat these faults as inconveniences, in reality, these faults may be the signs of compromised safety.
Defective vehicles may have defects in their electrical systems or engines, but they may also have defects in their safety features. Additionally, many of the defects to other parts of the vehicle lend to making the vehicle unsafe for those who occupy it.
Common auto defects that may present unsafe conditions for drivers include:
Faulty seatbelts and airbags
Poor metal integrity
Improperly shielded fuel tanks
These defects can cause accidents that range from a lack of protection in the event of a collision to the automobile exploding or catching fire spontaneously. In many cases, widespread problems are attributable to design defects.
The automobile’s manufacturer will usually address design defects through safety recalls. As such, it is important for vehicle owners to stay up to date on recalls, as these repairs are free and may end up saving their lives.
In other cases, though, defects arise from manufacturing defects, which are errors in the manufacturer process. What is notable about these defects is that they are usually confined to a handful of products or even just one product while other products in the same model line are free from defects.
These defects are usually not addressed through recall and, as a result, may prove more dangerous to drivers. Even in the event of a design defect, recalls usually are not issued until someone suffers injuries in an accident resulting from the defect.