Defective Auto Parts That Can Cause An Accident – Here is a list to help keep your family safe.
Ft. Lauderdale Car Accident Attorneys That Want You to know what to look for and what to do to stay safe.
As much as we appreciate a new client, we would much rather see drivers and their families’ safe and not need a car accident lawyer. MADALON LAW would like to help by sharing with you some of the more common causes of car accidents due to defective automobile parts.
Some of these can be prevented, while others may happen without warning.
- Child car seat failure: Keep an eye out for seat recalls. Are you using it right? Are you strapping the seat correctly to the vehicle? Do the instructions read clear?
- Airbag failures (Inadvertent deployment, late deployment, failed deployment): Make sure to check for recalls. You should also check the crash history if you are buying a used car.
- Transmission malfunction: Make sure your car does not overheat (a common factor for transmission issues), make sure there is no leakage, check levels of fluid and make sure the liquid is not dark or dirty.
- Defective Seatbelts: It is difficult to avoid this because a seatbelt can seem like it is in working order until an accident occurs and then it is too late. What you can do is check for seatbelt recalls. Ford and Chevy have both recently had recalls due to seat belt malfunctions. Toyota is currently going through seat belt lawsuits due to defective seatbelts on the Toyota Prius.
- Vehicle rollover roof crush: There is no way to avoid this, but if you or a loved one has been involved in a vehicle rollover and the roof of the vehicle crushed, then you need to call an Attorney immediately.
- Car stalling due to ignition defect: This can lead to a loss of control of the vehicle. AutoZone offers an ignition module test to customers.
- Tires: Check for recalls. Make sure tire pressure is consistent and set at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure. Make sure to also monitor the wear of the tire.
- Brake failure or malfunction: Even though it is uncommon, an accident resulting from brake failure can be disastrous and even deadly. Some of the warning signs of brake failure include the brake warning light coming on, your vehicle jerking to a stop or pulls to one side when you use your brakes, pumping the brakes to get them to work right or having one or more wheels excessively hot after short drives.
- Defective Steering component (axel, wheel): Does your steering wheel have a rough or loose feel to it? Does your car have a little extra “bounce” when it goes over a speed bump? Are there noises when you steer? Is the wear on your tires uneven?
- Floor mat and/or accelerator: Toyota has been dealing with product liability lawsuits over their Toyota Prius and also Lexus models. Ford has also seen its share of floor mat issues. Many car companies have taken note of this and most new models now have floor mats that are meant to stay in place and not get in the way of the driver and the gas / brake pedals. Sudden acceleration lawsuits happen. If you have an older car or a vehicle that comes with loose floor mats, check to make sure there has not been a recall.
If you are reading this and you or a loved one have already been involved and injured in an accident that may have been caused by a defective vehicle part, then you need to contact an injury firm that understands these types of cases. Contact us for a free consultation. If we take your case, we will take care of all the cost, expenses and risks involved in seeking financial compensation. You will not even be billed unless we win your case. Contact the Ft. Lauderdale car accident lawyers at MADLON LAW to get answers to your questions today.