Dangers and Signs of Defective Electrical Wiring in a Car
Today's cars are full of special features that require an abundance of electrical wiring. When manufacturer defects in the electrical wiring system create the potential for failure or hazards, a defective product lawsuit may be necessary.
Signs of Defective Electrical WiringMost drivers will not know their cars have defects in their electrical wiring systems until they are alerted of a recall regarding the vehicle. However, it sometimes takes a few accidents before an investigation is conducted to initiate the recall. Vehicle owners are encouraged to watch for signs of defective car functions such as: flickering of dashboard, interior, and exterior lights; abrupt losses of power in any part of the vehicle; intermittent loss of use of electrical components such as power windows or onboard computer screens; and burning smells or smoke in any part of the vehicle. Short circuits are some of the most common types of electrical defects reported during vehicle recalls for electrical wiring hazards.
Dangers of Defective Electrical WiringThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works in conjunction with Recall.gov and vehicle manufacturers to ensure any defective vehicle components or designs are remedied before injury or loss of life occur. Some recent cases of defective electrical components in cars resulted in: short circuits that caused the battery terminal to blow, stopping the fuel pump and stalling the engine; loss of exterior lighting; broken wiring causing malfunctioning door controls and driver-side power feature impairments; and bent wires near engine block created increased risk of electrical shock because of exposed wires. A commonly cited danger of electrical wiring defects in cars is the risk of fire. Over the years millions of vehicles have been recalled or repaired because of fire hazards resulting from defective wiring.
Learning about Vehicle RecallsA recall is issued when either the manufacturer or the NHTSA determines a part of the vehicle's design or components within that design have the potential to cause a hazard. Hazards may be directly harmful to the driver and passengers such as electrical shorts near the gas tank. They may cause defects that diminish the vehicle's safety such as malfunctioning headlights. Once a defect is recognized, either the manufacturer or the NHTSA will send vehicle owners, car mechanics and retailers a notice of the recall. It will also be posted on the government recall websites, as well as many other consumer protection sites. The recall may involve a free vehicle inspection to determine if your car is affected by the electrical defect. If you have a defective vehicle, the manufacturer will typically authorize free repairs to remedy the defect. In extreme cases, the entire vehicle may be recalled and replaced.