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Power Steering Failure

Modern vehicles are designed with power steering, which makes it much easier for drivers to turn and maneuver a vehicle. While it is possible to drive a car mechanically without power steering, most drivers have never experienced power steering failure and do not realize how much force is needed to drive a vehicle without it. Sudden failure of the power steering can cause a motorist to lose control of the car or incorrectly execute a turn, resulting in a severe accident.

If you have been involved in a collision caused by a power steering failure, consider contacting the Waukesha personal injury attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® today at (800) 242-2874 to discuss your case.


The causes for power steering failure may vary from vehicle to vehicle. The following is a list of factors that can lead to power steering problems:

  • Steering fluid leaking or low
  • Power steering pump failure
  • Steering rack failure
  • Loose drive belt
  • Hydraulic pipe blockage, damage, or malfunction

Any of these issues may cause your power steering to fail while driving, leaving you with little vehicle control. It is therefore important to have your vehicle regularly maintained and inspected to catch power steering problems before they become major accident risks.

Defects and Manufacturer Liability

Sometimes a failed power steering mechanism is a result of defective parts, design, or manufacturing. A vehicle manufacturer may be held liable for any injuries or damages that result from a defect. Sometimes a manufacturer may even be aware of a problem, but may delay issuing a recall, putting many car owners in danger of an avoidable accident.

Many drivers of a 2005-2007 GM Chevy Cobalt have experienced serious power steering problems that are costly to their safety and their wallets. Despite receiving complaints from hundreds of Cobalt owners, Chevy has yet to initiate a recall to fix this hazard and compensate drivers.

If you own a vehicle with power steering problems, the vehicle manufacturer may be responsible and you may be entitled to compensation for the malfunction. Consider contacting a personal injury attorney to discuss the legal options available to you. If you have been in an accident caused by a power steering malfunction, your car manufacturer may be liable for your injuries and damages and you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, vehicle damage, lost wages from time off of work, and pain and suffering.

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To learn more about power steering failure and accident liability, please contact the experienced Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® today at (800) 242-2874.