What should know about defects and recalls?

If you rely on your car to get you around Kentucky, it’s important for that vehicle to be safe to drive. Unfortunately, cars and car parts can suffer from manufacturing defects that are dangerous enough to result in auto recalls.

FindLaw takes a look at some of the most frequently asked questions related to auto recalls. For example, when is a recall necessary? According to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, there are minimum requirements set for the important parts of a vehicle, including the steering, brakes, tires, and lighting. Pieces that protect you from harm or death are also regulated, like safety belts and airbags. These standards apply to anything made or sold in America. Recalls are therefore necessary if there’s a safety-related defect in the regulated auto parts that cause it to fall below these standards.

Safety-related defects come in many forms and include any issue that poses a risk to motor vehicle safety. Examples include air bags that deploy under conditions they are not meant to deploy in, accelerator controls that stick or break, and steering components that malfunction in a way that causes you to lose control of the vehicle. Wheels that can crack, break, or burst, seats that fail during normal use, or windshield wipers that don’t perform their assigned task are also commonly cited part failures that lead to recalls.

Any of these issues can easily put you and other drivers at risk. If you were injured in a crash caused by a manufacturing defect, you may benefit from contacting an attorney, especially if you are considering seeking compensation.