Continuing from When Vehicle Defects Cause Injuries and Accidents (Part 1)¸ the following discusses some additional information that all vehicle owners should be aware of when it comes to the potential for vehicle equipment malfunctions. While Part 1 of this blog was focused on pointing out some of the vehicle systems most commonly affected by equipment failures (with some specific examples of recent recalls tied to these vehicle equipment malfunctions), here in Part 2, we will highlight some of the specific causes of vehicle equipment defects – and what drivers should do if they experience such issues.
Why Vehicle Equipment Malfunctions Occur
Any number of factors can cause vehicle equipment to fail to properly work; however, some of the most common reasons for such malfunctions typically include any combination of the following:
- A vehicle manufacturer’s poor design of the piece of equipment and/or the vehicle system as a whole
- A vehicle manufacturer’s failure to safety test the piece of equipment (especially when it comes to seatbelts, airbags and brake systems)
- A manufacturer’s use of cheap, fragile and/or non-durable materials to produce the piece of equipment
- A manufacturer’s failure to follow design specifications when making the equipment
- An auto repair shop’s failure to properly install the piece of equipment
- A vehicle owner’s failure to properly maintain his vehicle.
Vehicle manufacturers generally only become aware of problems with the design, composition and/or installation of defective equipment after vehicle owners have reported problems to them (or an authority like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). When such reports are made, the manufacturer will likely issue a recall of the defective part (or system), and injured parties will likely have the right to obtain compensation for their injuries and losses from the manufacturer (and other negligent parties).
Contacting the Boulder County Car Accident Lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident that may have been caused (even in part) by any type of vehicle equipment failure, contact the Boulder County car accident lawyers at the Cederberg Law Firm by calling us at 303-499-0449 or emailing us using the form at the right-hand side of the screen.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and other types of traffic accidents. Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting. In fact, while we are aggressive litigators in court, we are also skilled negotiators outside of court. This makes our trusted lawyers a formidable force that will not back down until you secure the maximum possible compensation for your injuries, expenses and losses.
At the Cederberg Law Firm P.C., you will not be handed off to a paralegal or assistant. You will receive personal attention and professional service from an experienced lawyer who cares about you and who is dedicated to providing you with superior legal services at every stage of your case. In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.