The many types of auto safety related defects

Every automobile company does its absolute best to manufacture cars that are 100 percent safe to drive. Unfortunately, there are times when a model makes it to market and is then recalled for some reason.

The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the ability to require manufacturers to recall a vehicle if it has any type of safety related defect.

Some of the most common types of safety defects include:

-- Steering components that malfunction, making it difficult to control the vehicle

-- Accelerator controls, such as those that can stick

-- Wheels that break or crack, leading to a loss of control

-- Seats that fail during normal use or in the event of an accident

-- Electrical system that could cause a fire

-- Defective air bags, such as those that inflate with too much force in an accident

It's good to know that the NHTSA is on the lookout for vehicle defects, thus doing their part in requiring repairs in an attempt to prevent motorist injury or even death. Even with this approach, it's possible that a defect could slip through the cracks.

If you receive a recall notice from your manufacturer or dealer, don't wait to take it to the appropriate service department for a repair.

If you suffer any type of injury as the result of an auto safety related defect, don't hesitate to learn more about the cause and your legal rights. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer as to receive compensation for your injuries and other damages.

Source: FindLaw, "Auto Recalls: The Basics," accessed July 10, 2017

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