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Most Common Car Defects in 2018

Published on Sep 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm in Auto Product Liability.

When you can’t depend on your car, your ability to travel is hindered. You may be taking risks every time you drive your vehicle. If your car has a safety-related defect, you shouldn’t be driving it until the defect is fixed. This could include issues with the car’s wiring, faulty tires, accelerators—anything that would make your car a danger to everyone’s safety on the road.

Defective cars can cause devastating car accidents. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you don’t have to go through it alone. Get in touch with a Cincinatti car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices for a free consultation.

Common Car Defects

Unfortunately, some of the most common car defects are issues with crucial components of the car. The following components can have flaws that make the car dangerous:

  • Brakes
  • Steering
  • Tires
  • Seatbelts
  • Airbags
  • Headlights

These aren’t the only parts of the car that can have defects. One of the best ways to keep your car safe is to get regular maintenance checks by a professional. They’ll be able to identify any issues so you can fix the problem as soon as possible. You can also do some tests yourself. You can start your car and go through the various controls to make sure everything is working. Test the lights, windshield wipers, horn, and turning signals.

While some people may try to ignore their car’s issues because they know it will cost them money, it may be more cost effective to fix the problems as soon as you notice them. This way, there’s no chance for the defect to get worse. Ignoring an issue could put you at risk of having a car fire or a debilitating accident, where the medical bills and damages will be much more expensive than fixing part of your car.

What Cars in 2018 Have Had Issues?

Some specific cars in 2018 have already had complaints. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata has reports of electrical and transmission problems. There have also been a few cases of issues with the fuel system, seatbelts and airbags, brakes and the lights. Another vehicle with safety issues is the 2018 Toyota Camry. Most of the complaints are with the transmission transitioning too roughly and some are about it failing. There have also been issues with brakes, the engine, electrical, and steering issues.

It’s important to know that just because a car is new, it doesn’t mean it’s the safest car out there. Manufacturers can make mistakes or use poor materials or designs for their cars. Paying attention to your car and sticking to a schedule of routine checkups will give you peace of mind that your car is ready for the road.




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Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

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