As consumers, we all have a right to expect that the products we purchase will safely and effectively accomplish the task for which they were designed. So, when we buy an automobile, we expect all the features and safety options to function properly as well. When they don’t, it can cause serious injuries and even death. Some of the more common defects seen by Kansas City auto defect lawyers are things like faulty brakes and airbags. Here are just seven of the most common defects.
In recent years, there have been dozens of major recalls from companies who used Takata airbags. The recalls have affected many of the major auto manufacturers.
General Motors has thus far recalled over 2.6 million automobiles because of bad ignition switches. The problem occurs when a defective ignition switch turns off while the vehicle is in motion, causing the car to lose power (including power steering and braking). There have been almost 100 deaths caused by these defects.
Probably one of the most dangerous defects a car can have, when brakes don’t work, it can result in deadly crashes.
Bad Engine Components
Internal engine components can be faulty, leading to undue engine wear and breakdown. There have been recorded cases of belts slipping and engines failing at high speeds, leading to tragic injuries.
Over the years, there have been a lot of tire recalls. A sudden or unexpected tire blowout can cause a driver to lose control and have an accident. This can present a danger to the driver, his or her passengers, and the rest of the motoring public nearby.
Fuel System Flaws
Ford recently recalled over 91,000 vehicles due to defective fuel pumps and dangerous windows, according to NBC.
Some vehicles are designed poorly and have a high rate of rollover incidents, or they can fail to react properly in the event of a collision. Design flaws can be just about any type of flaw or defect that makes the vehicle dangerous under normal driving conditions.
Does Your Car Have a Recall?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) monitors and tracks recalls on all vehicles sold or manufactured in the U.S. Visit their site to check your vehicle’s VIN for information regarding possible recalls that apply to your own vehicle.
Injured Due to Auto Defects?
For a comprehensive list of recalls each month, you can visit the NHTSA website. Monthly reports are available covering everything from tires to child safety seats.
If you’ve been seriously injured due to a defective auto part, system, or design, you have rights. Call to speak with a caring and understanding attorney right here in Kansas City. At the Krause and Kinsman Law Firm, we take the time to truly understand our clients’ injuries. We work to resolve cases quickly, while fighting for maximum compensation. For a completely free consultation, call or visit the firm online. We never take a fee unless we are able to recover on your behalf, and there is no charge to meet and discuss your case.
Robert Kinsman is a personal injury, mass tort, business litigation, and employment discrimination attorney who practices in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and has been practicing law for several years now. Robert Kinsman is passionate about normalizing the life of his clients after they have been seriously injured. Learn more about his experience here.