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Car Accidents Caused by Defective Electrical Wiring

Modern vehicles are equipped with many features that require electrical wiring. These features include not only entertainment and navigation systems, but also important safety monitoring devices as well as systems needed just to keep the car running. In order for a car’s wiring to be effective, power must be delivered to electrical devices reliably and safely, so that electrical system functions are not impaired or converted into hazards. When design or manufacturing defects in the electrical wiring system create the potential for failures—causing accidents and injuries—the vehicle manufacturer may be liable for damages.

Types & Signs of Electrical Wiring Defects

The most common types of electrical defects reported during vehicle recalls are short circuits. Unfortunately, however, most drivers do not know their vehicle’s wiring system is defective until something goes wrong or they receive a recall notice. Therefore, it is important to watch out for signs of defective electrical wiring, including:

  • Flickering dashboard lights, interior lights, and/or exterior lights
  • Abrupt loss of power in any part of the vehicle
  • Intermittent failure of electrical components, such as power windows or on-board computer screens
  • Burning smells or smoke in any part of the vehicle

The most common electrical problems in cars reported are bad spark plugs or wires, a dead battery, a blown fuse, or a blown out alternator.

While some wiring issues may seem like an annoyance rather than a hazard, when a vehicle’s electrical system is not functioning properly there is real potential for danger. Don’t ignore or delay taking care of any electrical wiring problems your vehicle may have.

Hazards Associated with Defective Electrical Wiring

Hazards associated with defective electrical wiring may be harmful to the driver and passengers of a vehicle, such as electrical shorts near the gas tank, or decrease a vehicle’s safety on the road, as in the case of malfunctioning headlights. One of the most common dangers attributed to electrical wiring defects is the risk of fire. In fact, millions of vehicles have been recalled or repaired due to fire hazards, or loss of lighting, related to defective wiring.

Other accidents and injuries arising from defective electrical systems have involved short circuits causing the battery terminal to blow, broken wiring causing malfunctioning door controls and power feature impairments, and bent wires near the engine block creating increased risk of electrical shock because of exposed wires.

Contact KWF After a Car Accident involving Defective Wiring

If you’ve been injured as the result of defective wiring in your car or another driver’s vehicle, contact the Atlanta injury attorneys at Katz Personal Injury Lawyers today. Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the circumstances which led to your accident and injury, determining whether any electrical system components were subject to a recall or should have been subject to a recall in your case. Your initial consultation to explore options is free, and we charge no attorneys’ fee unless we successfully resolve your case. For help in Atlanta, Marietta, Roswell, Decatur, Rome or anywhere in Georgia, call (404) 461-0101.

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