Cincinnati Product Liability Lawyer and Ohio Auto Defect Attorney Investigates Defective Windshield Wipers and the role auto defects play in serious road accidents
The safety features of an automobile are often taken for granted, and assumed that they will always function as intended. But that is not always the case with defective auto parts, as every year car makers issue recalls for defective tires, brakes, airbags, throttles, suspension, windows and windshield wipers.
If windshield wipers fail to operate due to defective design or assembly, accidents are more likely when the weather and driving conditions turn bad. The Federal Highway Administration reports that reduced driving visibility is a leading factor in 46 percent of fatal car accidents, many of which are weather related, and almost half of which occur in the rain, fog or snow.
Anyone who suffers an injury following a car accident, in part due to defective windshield wipers, may have a successful claim against a manufacturer, and can recover damages caused by the accident.
Mr. Lyon has represented plaintiffs nationwide in several lawsuits filed against negligent automakers and motorists.
Types of Defective Windshield Wipers
A windshield wiper system is composed of a wiper motor and wiper arm which connect to the base of the vehicle, and holds the blade, which in turn holds the wiper insert. Most people assume replacing the wiper inserts every so often is merely the only important part of the wiping system, however, each component can be faulty in its own way.
If you suspect your windshield wipers are defective, contact your vehicle manufacturer, check for a recall, or have a mechanic inspect the vehicle’s blades and wiper system. Manufacturers may not always issue a recall if only some of an auto component are defective. Signs of potential design or manufacturing defects include:
- Wiper streaking
- Wiper chattering
- Uneven sweeping
- Splitting rubber inserts
- Material deterioration
- Wipers that fail intermittently
Windshield Wiper Recalls
There have been a number of car models recalled due to defective windshield wipers.
- In February 2018, Mitsubishi Motors North America recalled more than 158,000 vehicles potentially equipped with defective windshield wipers. The recalled included 2011-2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs and 2013-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs. The company said the front windshield wiper ball joint assemblies are prone to corrosion, leading the ball joint to separate from the wiper link and completely impair wiper functionality.
- In 2015, over 400,000 RAV4 SUVs were recalled by Toyota after the windshield wiper link could corrode, potentially leading to separation and raising the risk of an accident.
- FCA US recalled 53,155 2016 Dodge Dart vehicles because of a windshield wiper failure risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported.
- In 2016, General Motors recalled the windshield wiper module on 367,808 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs in the United Sates because the ball joints in the windshield wiper module can corrode and fall out of the socket.
Accident Prevention & Defective Windshield Wipers
If any part of a wiper system is defective, drivers are at risk of diminished visibility and subsequent accidents. Motorists cannot always rely on manufacturers to install safety features in vehicles so it is best to inspect wipers from time to time. Should an accident occur due to a defect, you may have a product liability claim against a car manufacturer.
Following a serious car accident, victims should contact an experienced auto defect lawyer to investigate. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to defective windshield wipers, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.