Many drivers in Connecticut may not even be aware their brakes are defective, but this often-undetected problem can be the source of serious accidents.
Fairfield County drivers should get their vehicles serviced regularly and pay attention to recalls. Potentially defective brakes are the cause of a recent recall of the Nissan Murano. A faulty part in the antilock brake system could fail, causing the pedal to move closer to the floor than usual and more quickly.
According to Consumer Reports, “even though the brakes are engaging, it may feel like they are not, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA.) Stopping distance may also increase because of the extra time it takes for the pedal to travel further to the floor.”
Vehicles recalled: Certain 2009 Nissan Murano SUVs manufactured from July 9, 2007, through Aug. 29, 2009.
The problem: A zinc coating on an ABS component may react with brake fluids to create a gelatinous substance that causes valves within the brake system to stick open. As a result, extra fluid may accumulate within the brake system and cause additional brake-pedal travel. Drivers would experience the pedal moving more quickly and further to the floor than they may expect.
The fix: The dealership will inspect the part and replace it, if necessary, at no cost to owners.
When a recall notice is ignored, a driver puts everyone on the road at risk. If defective brakes or other automobile defects caused a crash, an experienced Fairfield County auto accident attorney can help. Typically, these types of accidents are the fault of drivers who fail to maintain their brakes (especially when a vehicle failed inspection), the vehicle parts manufacturer, or a mechanic who worked on a vehicle.
Every vehicle has a unique vehicle identification number. The NHTSA maintains a page where consumers can enter a VIN to learn if a specific vehicle needs to be repaired as part of a recall.
Auto accident attorney Jeremy Vishno has more than 25 years of experience handling cases just like yours in Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut, with offices in Fairfield and New Haven. As someone who routinely goes above and beyond for his clients, Vishno will investigate your accident, checking every angle to protect your rights and to secure a fair financial settlement. Contact us for a free case consultation today.