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An auto defect can cause a serious accident

When you purchase a vehicle, you hope that you are getting something that is 100 percent safe. You know that you could be involved in an accident, but you don't expect to be injured as the result of a defect.

Every year, auto manufacturers issue recalls in hopes of fixing a problem that has been brought to their attention. Unfortunately, some people don't follow through with a recall repair. As a result, there is the chance that the defect could cause serious injury or even death.

A safety related defect is one that poses a risk to your safety. Since this can mean many things, let's take a look at some of the most common examples:

-- Air bags that don't properly inflate or inflate with too much force.

-- Broken steering components, which can lead to loss of control.

-- Accelerator issues, such as a gas pedal that sticks.

-- Windshield wipers that don't operate as they should.

-- Seats that fail during use.

-- Electrical component issues.

As you can see, all of these defects have the chance of causing serious injury or an accident. For instance, if an air bag does not inflate in an accident, passengers do not receive all the protection they could have.

If you are involved in an accident as the result of a defect, don't wait to receive medical attention. From there, you can learn more about your vehicle including what caused your injury. You may soon find that a defect put you in a worse position, meaning that you may be able to file a lawsuit to receive compensation.

Source: Esurance, "car safety defects and recalls," accessed Aug. 22, 2016

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