No one wants to hear that a seemingly perfect automotive product they purchased is the reason for their or a loved one’s injuries. However, in some cases, this is exactly the case, whether because the items were not reviewed properly or because they were rushed into the market.
Fortunately, by knowing some of the main statistics associated with automotive product defects injuries, you can prevent future incidents and ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones when driving.
1. Chrysler recently recalled 1.62 million Jeeps after two manufacturing defects caused several fatal accidents, including 37 fires following rear-end collisions.
Because the automotive industry is a competitive industry looking for the newest and best technology, many vehicle companies tend to rush new car makes and models out for production before they are completely safety checked. As such, automotive product defect incidents happen frequently. And, although the companies are asked to pay compensation for the loss of life resulting from these product defects, money never replaces the beautiful souls lost.
Having a car safety checklist can help prevent potential injury and death.
2. The most common automotive product recalls have to do with the steering components (28%) and the engine (25%).
When driving a car, it’s pretty shocking to think that either of these major car components could malfunction. However, with steering columns completely detaching, steering wheels locking, engines setting on fire or completely falling out of the cars themselves, this shocking statistic is not a new one.
Because of this, it is essential to have your car checked and pay attention to car reviews before purchasing any vehicle.
3. Nearly 6 million motor vehicle accidents occur on roadways in the United States every year, claiming the lives of an estimated 42,000 people and injuring another 2.75 million.
Although 42,000 people doesn’t seem like much at first, we can compare this number to the entirety of Canyon Country in Santa Clarita. This area holds precisely 59, 530 individuals within it.
Now, imagine for a moment that, in the blink of an eye, 42,000 of these individuals simply vanished. All that would be left in the entire area would be roughly 1/5th of the people that once were there. This is pretty unsettling and truly puts this number into perspective.
4. Manufacturers recalled 29.3 million vehicles in 2018.
Considering the fact that there were only 86 million cars sold in 2018, this number equates to roughly one-third of the cars sold that year. If this doesn’t shock you, you may not realize what this means. Essentially, one-third of the cars sold worldwide in 2018 were either design-based or physically faulty.
5. Nearly 70 million vehicles were recalled in China over the past 15 years, costing automakers ¥53 billion.
This number truly shows why many automakers worldwide should start focusing more on vehicle safety before going to market. The aftermath of a car product defect is monumental and recalling the vehicles can cost the company billions.
Ultimately, automotive product defects injuries should never be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has faced an injury this way and are looking for proper representation, give us a call at the Law Offices of C. Ray Carlson today. We will ‘take the wheel’ for you and let you focus on your life outside of your injuries.