5 Most Dangerous Car Defects

Some car accidents don't really happen by accident. They happen because of a known safety defect that the vehicle manufacturer failed to correct. Some of the best-known examples are rollover accidents involving the Ford Explorer and other SUVs.

Today, SUV rollover accidents are far less common, thanks in part to vehicle redesigns prompted by personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Unfortunately, new auto safety defects surface every year. You can find out if your vehicle has a known safety defect by searching for the make and model at recalls.gov.

Five of the most dangerous vehicle defects affecting vehicles on the road today include:

1. Defective airbags manufactured by Takata, which can explode in an accident, sending sharp fragments of metal and plastic into vehicle occupants. The defective airbags were used in more than 20 million vehicles-many of which yet to be fixed.

2. Defective ignition switches in GM cars, which can cut off power to the vehicle on the road, making it difficult to steer and stop. The switch defect resulted in a recall of more than 2.3 million cars.

3. Unintended acceleration in Toyotas and other car models have lead to recalls of more than 4 million vehicles.

4. Car fires caused by defective electronics, oil leaks, or unprotected fuel lines.

5. Defective seat belts such as those with weak mounts, defective latches or fabric that splits or tears.

The law firm of Stone Law Group in Atlanta handles complex personal injury and wrongful death cases involving dangerous car defects. For a free initial consultation, call 404-436-2766.

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