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When is a car or car part considered defective?

Car accidents can happen for a number of reasons, including an impaired driver, poor weather conditions or speeding. In Connecticut, too many people are familiar with accidents that stem from an auto defect. If you have been in an accident related to a malfunctioning vehicle or component, you should know what your options are for recovering damages.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an auto defect is any issue that could pose a risk to the safety of a motor vehicle. For example, if your accelerator tends to stick, it could be due to a defect with the vehicle. Other common auto defects include the following: 

  •        Faulty wiring that leads to either a loss of lighting or a fire
  •        Air bags that either do not deploy or deploy at incorrect times
  •        Cracked or broken wheels that lead to a loss of control

There are other defects a vehicle may have that are not considered safety-related, such as issues with a radio or air conditioner.

If you suspect your vehicle has a safety-related issue, you should promptly alert the manufacturer as well as the NHTSA. The manufacturer should take the appropriate steps to fix the issue, such as repairing or replacing the component. The NHTSA keeps a log of reported problems and could issue a recall or an investigation, depending on the circumstances.

When a defect leads to an incident that causes you physical injury or financial losses, you do have the right to hold the manufacturer responsible for your damages. While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.

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