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The Most Common Defective Automotive Parts

While we expect that the vehicles that we drive are safe, we know that several automotive parts have defects. It’s common for automotive defects to cause accidents, and several historical recalls show just how dangerous these manufacturing errors can be for consumers.

One thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to perform regular maintenance for your vehicle. If you know which auto parts are more susceptible to defects, it helps you understand the parts of your vehicle to check most often.

The most common defective automotive parts include:

  • Brakes and brake systems
  • Airbags
  • Seats and seat belts
  • Transmission systems, including clutch and gear shift
  • Engine and wiring
  • Gas tanks and fuel systems
  • Accelerator and ignition

Many of the commonly defective automotive parts are a result of manufacturer errors. The vehicle manufacturer is most commonly responsible for the above parts, but aftermarket parts can play a role in causing harm. Aftermarket parts can also include brakes, tires and wheels, lights, and more.

While you can have a professional look at all of these components to ensure everything is safe, you should also know that failure can occur at nearly any time. In some situations, you may not be able to pinpoint the problem until after the accident occurs. It helps to have legal counsel to help identify the malfunctioning part and determine your ability to pursue compensation.

What Are My Rights?

If you suffer an injury because of a defective automotive part, you may be able to hold a manufacturer or retailer accountable. Whether your injury was due to a design defect, manufacturing defect, or failure to warn, you may have the right to legal action.

At Briggle & Polan, PLLC, we work to obtain maximum compensation when our clients need it most. Our Austin car accident lawyers have significant experience, never afraid to go to trial when necessary. You can trust that we’ll be your advocates throughout the entire situation.

Call us at (512) 400-3278 today and learn what rights you have.