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Car Parts Most Prone to Manufacturing Defects

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Manufacturing defects in car parts can lead to various issues, affecting the vehicle’s performance, safety, and longevity. While modern automotive manufacturing strives for high quality, defects can still occur. Here are some car parts that are most prone to manufacturing defects:

Steering Equipment

Auto recalls frequently center around steering equipment. The steering system plays a crucial role in directing the vehicle’s wheels left or right. A defect in this system can lead to a loss of control. Recalled defects often involve issues such as faulty wheel assembly, stabilizers, suspension bushings, control arms, or electrical shorts and malfunctions.


Airbags that are inadequately designed or lack proper testing may fail to deploy, over-inflate, under-inflate, go off with excessive force, or unexpectedly deploy. These issues can result in preventable severe injuries or even fatalities.


How well a vehicle operates relies heavily on its electrical system. It oversees various functions, such as windows and engine ignition. As a result, any flaws in the wiring system require vehicle recalls. Recalls have often arisen when drivers encounter sudden power loss in specific vehicle parts, experience intermittent failures of electrical components, or face potential risks of fire.

Fuel Systems

Another prevalent cause of vehicle part recalls is faulty fuel systems, which are frequently associated with a significant number of vehicle fires. Recalls related to fuel leaks commonly stem from problems with the fuel tank design. Issues such as improper positioning, subpar welding, or inadequate barriers can heighten the risk of punctures and other related concerns. When the fuel tank is inadequately designed or manufactured, it poses a serious threat to the overall fuel system’s integrity, putting the lives of the driver and others in jeopardy.

Brakes or Braking Systems

Recalls frequently target defective brake systems due to their potential to malfunction, resulting in brake fluid leakage. This leakage hampers the flow of fluid to the brakes, potentially leaving the driver unable to brake when necessary. Manufacturing defects in other brake components are also common, such as the Antilock Brake System (ABS) or the parking brake.


Defects in tires often stem from manufacturers opting for subpar or already defective materials in an attempt to reduce production costs. Faulty tires pose a significant risk, potentially resulting in a blowout — a situation where the tire bursts, losing all air pressure — or tread separation, where the tread separates from the tire body. These issues can lead to a rapid loss of control, increasing the likelihood of a collision.

Seat Belt Defects

Seat belts are frequently subject to recalls due to manufacturing, assembly errors, or the use of low-quality materials. A faulty seat belt may fail to lock, become unlatched, or provide inadequate protection for specific occupants, particularly children or smaller adults. If a seat belt fails during an accident it has the potential to cause fatalities.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a manufacturing defect in a vehicle party, our trusted Albuquerque Product Liability Attorney at Davis Kelin Law Firm can help. We can help you hold the manufacturer accountable and ensure you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

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