Author: Rosenberg & Gluck: Ted Rosenberg
Being aware of auto defects can prevent accidents. When a car accident lawyer investigates an accident to determine the underlying cause, auto manufacturing defects are sometimes a contributing factor. Defects can arise out of the design or the manufacturing process itself. Examples include Toyota’s problem with sticking accelerators and the Ford Bronco’s tendency for roof crush during rollovers.
One of the most recent auto design defects in the news is Chrysler’s anti-lock brake and electronic control system malfunction. According to CNN Money, Chrysler is recalling 119,000 cars that are 2011 and 2012 models of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans. An anti-lock brake problem first became noticeable in Dodge Charger police cars, and engineers did not realize that aside from police cars, all of these models experienced the same problem.
Anti-lock brakes are connected to electronic control systems, which are computerized and prevent cars from skidding when the brakes lock up. As a result of brakes locking, drivers can lose control and the ability to stop quickly.
Engineers traced the Chrysler model problem to a fuse that was prone to overheating. Once overheated, the fuse caused the computer controller to malfunction and lose effectiveness. Engineers decided to mount the fuse in a car location where extreme temperatures would not be an issue.
Owners can bring their cars to the Chrysler dealerships; they will replace and re-position the fuses.
If you suffer serious injury or a family member dies in a car crash, an experienced accident attorney can determine the underlying cause and help you seek compensation. Contact a skilled Long Island car accident lawyers to discuss your or your loved one’s accident.