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The best ideas to avoid accidents caused by defective brakes

Arkansas auto accident attorneyYou change your vehicle’s oil diligently. You make sure your tires are inflated properly and your wheels are aligned. You had that squeak checked with your trusted mechanic.

Arkansas drivers should routinely check their vehicles for these kinds of concerns and stay on top of vehicle recalls. These practices can help drivers avoid preventable accidents.

When vehicle parts fail

You are a safe driver, but sometimes accidents happen that are beyond your control, especially when they are caused by faulty parts.

The 2009 Nissan Murano was recently recalled due to a potentially faulty part in the anti-lock brake system. If the part fails, brakes could stop faster than anticipated because the brake pedal gets too close to the floor.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the brakes may feel like they are engaging when they are not, and the stopping distance may increase. The NHTSA investigated the 2009 Nissan Murano when reports that 14 crashes and three injuries were related to defective brakes.

Recall details

  • 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.
  • How to contact the manufacturer: Nissan began notifying all potentially affected owners on Feb. 4, 2019. Owners may also call Nissan customer service at 800-867-7669.

Actions you can take after a car accident

Visit the NHTSA website for information on open recalls on all vehicles and speak to an experienced car accident attorney at McDaniel Law Firm in Jonesboro, Arkansas if you were involved in a crash and suspect faulty brakes – or other vehicle defects – were a factor.

Bobby and Brett McDaniel have more than 50 years of combined experience handling cases just like yours. Our relentless approach gets results. Contact us today for a free case consultation.

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