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What is a Safety Defect in Motor Vehicles?

What is a Safety Defect in Motor Vehicles? According to the United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety, motor vehicle safety is defined as “the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle.”

Examples of Safety Defect in Motor Vehicles

Basically, the car, truck or motorcycle you drive should not endanger your life, but too often it does. News about auto recalls is never ending—scores of vehicles are recalled each month. Some of the more common, and deadly, reasons that automobiles are recalled include:

  • Wheels that break or crack, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle
  • Problems with the fuel system that causes vehicle fires
  • Air bags that deploy at the wrong time, or fail to deploy in an accident
  • Accelerator pedals that break or stick

As you can see, any of these defects threaten the safety of anyone in the defective car and anyone driving near it.

There are other times when a car is recalled for a non-safety related issue. These recalls involve issues such as poor paint quality and excessive oil consumption. While these problems do not directly threaten the safety of the car’s owner, they do speak to a lack of attention to detail, a lack of concern for the quality of the vehicle being produced.

Fighting Big Car Companies

If you have been injured during an accident in or with a vehicle that you believe to be defective, don’t settle for less than your case is worth. The auto company will have their best attorneys on their side. Who will you have? Call 972-774-9800 to schedule your free consultation with a Dallas auto defect attorney who has the resources and experience to fight for your rights. Let us help you take on the car manufacturer who may have risked your life in the name of higher profits. Call today.