According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), 803 vehicle recalls were issued in 2014. Those recalls affected 63.9 million vehicles of various models from a number of manufacturers. Defective automobile parts not only affect the safety of the occupants of that vehicle, but also the safety of those in other vehicles on the road. The experienced auto defect attorneys at Potts Law Firm believe in holding automobile manufacturers accountable for the safety of their vehicles.


Broken Seat Backs

No one wants to be involved in an automobile accident and rear-end collisions in particular are unpleasant because often there is absolutely no warning. The vehicle may be stopped waiting for traffic, at a red light, parked, or even driving normally down the road, when all of a sudden another vehicle barrels into the back…

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Defective Glass

Defective glass in vehicle windshields and windows can be a potentially very serious auto defect. That is because if the glass has bubbles or other impurities it may decrease the driver’s visibility and increase the risk that he or she will get in an accident. Another type of defective glass problem occurs when the glass…

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Faulty Airbag System

All auto defects are potentially problematic since they deprive consumers of a function they are paying for. Worse, many auto defects are also very dangerous. However, one of the most insidious types of auto defects is faulty airbag systems. Millions of American drivers are counting on their airbag systems to keep them safe behind the…

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Faulty Door Latches

Faulty door latches are a type of auto defect in which the door’s latch does not operate properly. This can result in the door becoming stuck, potentially trapping the occupants in the vehicle in the event of an emergency. It can also result in the suddenly popping open, which can easily result in passengers or other objects falling out while also creating a major driving…

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Fuel System Fires

A fuel system fire is one of the most terrifying types of accidents that a person can have since in a matter of seconds their vehicle may burst into flames, often causing devastating injuries or even death in the process. There may be very little warning and the vehicle owners typically have no idea of the danger they could be in until it is…

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Handling Instability

Handling instability is a type of auto defect that manifests when a vehicle becomes unstable and the driver loses control. Handling instability is a deadly auto defect that can result in potentially lethal accidents due to over-steering or under-steering, or may even cause rollover accidents to occur. Such accidents often result in serious physical trauma…

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Ignition Defects

One of the most high profile auto defects in recent years was the notorious GM ignition switch defect. This serious defect resulted in a staggering 29 million vehicles worldwide being recalled. It also claimed over 150 lives and resulted in thousands of personal injury lawsuits as victims struggled to seek justice and receive restitution for…

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Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents may occur for a variety of reasons. For example rollover accidents may occur due to a mechanical defect such as faulty electronic stability control (ESC) systems – which are designed to help improve stability and prevent over-steering or under-steering. Likewise rollover accidents may occur due to defects in the design of the vehicle…

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Roof Collapse

A vehicle’s roof provides crucial structural support while also protecting the occupants of the vehicle from harm. Thus, it is no surprise that roof collapse is an extremely dangerous type of auto defect. In essence, roof collapse occurs when a vehicle rolls over and instead of maintaining its structural integrity the roof caves in on…

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Seat Belt Failure

Seatbelts have been required in automobiles in the U.S. since 1968; however, wearing them has only been mandatory since 1983 for front seat occupants of all ages. In 1989, back seat seatbelts became mandatory for all passengers aged 14 and under. The CDC reports that seat belt use reduces serious crash related injuries and deaths by approximately one half. Ninety…

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Tire Defects

Tire defects can significantly increase the risk of accident. A tire blowout in the rear may cause the vehicle to yaw, which involves the backend of the vehicle swinging out and becoming perpendicular to the path of travel, thus placing the car and its occupants potentially directly in the path of oncoming traffic. However, front…

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