As a resident of Illinois who frequently uses a car, you are putting yourself at risk any time you deal with a manufacturing defect. If these defects affect crucial parts of the vehicle, it is considered a safety-related defect, which can lead to potentially devastating crashes and widespread auto recalls.
First and foremost, FindLaw defines what a safety-related defect is. These are defects in certain parts (or even the entirety) of a vehicle that do not meet the safety standards and regulations of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). They involve parts that are either crucial to the use of the vehicle, or crucial to the safety of the passengers. For example, steering, lighting and brakes are crucial to vehicle use, while seatbelts and airbags are crucial to safety.
So what does a safety defect look like? They can take many forms. Some examples include:
- Cracking or breaking wheels that lead to loss of control of the vehicle
- Broken steering components that lead to partial or full loss of control
- Broken or “sticking” accelerator components
- Windshield wipers that don’t work
- Wire systems that result in a loss of lighting or fire
- Seats or seat backs that fail while in use
Safety-related risks include airbags that deploy under surprise conditions, or seat belts that do not properly restrain the occupants of the vehicles.
If you have been involved in a crash that you believe was caused by a safety-related defect, consider contacting an attorney to learn more about the possibility of seeking compensation.