Resuming Vehicle Safety Defects: 6 Facts You Should Know (Pt. 1), below are a few more important facts that motorists should be aware of when it comes to vehicle safety defects.
Fact 3 – Vehicle safety defects can impact nearly any component of vehicles.
This may be one of the scariest facts about vehicle safety defects, as nearly any component of vehicles can be subject to defects if the manufacturers don’t take the proper precautions to:
- Use the appropriate materials to construct vehicle components
- Properly assemble vehicle components so they have minimal chances of malfunctioning.
In fact, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports, the following are just some of the more common types of vehicle safety defects that have been reported over the last decade or so (with a brief explanation of what these defects can do to the impacted vehicles):
- Defective accelerator controls, which can stick or break entirely
- Fuel system defects, which can cause fuel to leak and result in vehicle fires
- Defective wheels, which can crack and cause drivers to lose control of vehicles
- Defective steering components, which can cause motorists to lose control of vehicles
- Defective seatbelts, which can malfunction during accidents when they are needed most
- Wiring defects, which can increase the risk of vehicle fires
- Airbag defects, which can cause airbags to fail to deploy during accidents.
Fact 4 – Consumers are encouraged to report vehicle safety defects to the NHTSA.
In some cases, news of vehicle safety defects comes to light and is brought to regulators’ attention by consumer reports regarding these defects (rather than automakers pointing out the defects or regulators somehow discovering these defects on their own). This is because it’s common that some vehicle safety defects don’t end up getting discovered until vehicles are driven and the equipment is put in a real-world setting.
As a result, regulators at the NHTSA are continuing to encourage consumers to report any issues regarding potential vehicle safety defects as soon as they experience them. While consumers call the NHTSA (at (888) 327-4236 or (800) 424-9393) or mail their complaints via traditional mail, it’s also possible to file these complaints online at www.safercar.gov.
For a few more important facts about vehicle safety defects, be sure to check out the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon!
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