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3 common car defects that can put you in danger

On Behalf of | May 1, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

If you’re a motorist, your car takes you to places near and far. But even the most reliable vehicle can develop problems.

While some malfunctions might cause inconvenience, others can pose serious safety hazards. Being aware of common car defects can help you identify potential issues and help you to avoid certain dangerous situations.

Brake system breakdown

Of all the car’s systems, brakes are arguably the most crucial for safety; they allow you to slow down and stop, potentially preventing accidents. Several issues can compromise your braking system. Worn brake pads are a common culprit, reducing stopping power. Listen for grinding noises when braking. This is a telltale sign that pads need replacing.

Leaking brake fluid is another red flag, indicating a compromised hydraulic system that could render your brakes inoperable. Finally, issues with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) can prevent wheels from locking during hard stops, increasing stopping distances. A malfunctioning ABS light on your dashboard often signals this problem.

Steering system shenanigans

Precise control over your car’s direction is paramount for safe driving. A faulty steering system can significantly impede this control. Loose steering components can create a disconnected feeling between the steering wheel and the wheels, making it difficult to maintain a straight line. Worn steering components can also lead to a vibration in the steering wheel. This is not only uncomfortable but could potentially be masking more serious issues.

The airbag gamble

Airbags are designed to deploy in a split second during a collision, cushioning passengers and minimizing injuries. However, a defective airbag can be just as dangerous as no airbag at all. Some airbags may deploy unexpectedly, startling the driver and potentially causing an accident. More concerning are airbags that deploy with excessive force, risking serious injuries to occupants. If you suspect an issue with your airbags, consult your car’s manual or a mechanic to see if your vehicle is part of a safety recall.

Your car should be a safe haven, transporting you and your loved ones reliably. By being aware of common car defects and their warning signs, you can take proactive measures to address potential problems before they become dangerous. Remember, should you ever get involved in a collision due to a defect of this kind, you can pursue the rightful compensation for your injuries.