On average, over 16,000 car accidents occur every day in this country. While most collisions happen as a result of driver error, some crashes take place due to defective car components and equipment. Given that cars are now more technologically complicated than ever, there are more parts that could potentially fail and cause the driver to crash.
Recent Vehicle Defects and Recalls
When a car part fails, it can lead to an accident that can cause serious harm and even fatal injuries to drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, there have been many instances over the last several years of defective vehicle parts causing harm to motorists. In fact, the recent Takata air bag recall has been called “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Recently, Takata air bags have been of great concern due to a defect in design that could cause the air bag inflators to explode and cause serious injuries and death due to shrapnel flying into the vehicle cabin. These air bags are in many different cars made by 14 different auto manufacturers, and tens of millions of vehicles have been subject to recalls due to the potential safety defect. According to NHTSA, 28.8 million air bags are already recalled, over 8.1 million air bags have been repaired, and new information shows an additional 35-40 million inflators that will be recalled and repaired through 2019.
While these defective air bags are of great concern because they can seriously injure drivers and passengers, air bags have not been the only vehicle defect to cause injuries over the last several years. In fact, thousands of vehicles have been recalled due to seat belts, brake fluid, tires, and steering issues, just to name a few.
Parties Responsible for Vehicle Defects
If a defective car part or tire was the cause of your car crash and injuries, you may have a legal claim against the vehicle manufacturer, the designer or manufacturer of that specific part, or the tire manufacturer. While most manufacturers don’t set out to make vehicles with defective parts, many cut corners and do things like use the wrong materials, assemble the vehicle incorrectly, or make other manufacturing mistakes along the way.
Sometimes a part is designed incorrectly from the very beginning and is supplied to a vehicle manufacturer by a third party source. When this is the case and a vendor’s part is the cause of an auto accident, that company can be held liable as a result of a defective design or defective manufacturing. Because there are many possible parties that could be held accountable for car accidents caused by defective parts, it is important that victims of such collisions seek legal help.
For help holding the right company responsible for your car accident and injuries, please call us at (703) 591-0067 for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer and learn more about your rights.