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Windshield Wiper Defects

Windshield wipers are an important safety feature for any vehicle. All cars are required to be equipped with wipers, and for good reason: they are the only defense against debris and water that may collect on the windshield and obstruct your vision while driving. When windshield wipers fail to work when you need them most, a serious accident can result, causing costly injuries and damages. If your wipers suddenly fail to operate, they may be defective and the manufacturer may be liable.

Causes of Windshield Wiper Failure

Windshield wipers may suddenly fail to work for a number of reasons. All wipers are made up of 3 parts: the wiper blade, the arm, and the wiper motor. A defect with any of these parts can render your wipers completely useless. Some common defects that can cause your windshield wipers to malfunction include:

  • Substandard blade material that breaks off or wears down faster than normal
  • Improper manufacturing of the blade arm that causes it to break
  • Poor design that fails to cover the entire windshield or scrapes the glass
  • Motor defect that causes it to short circuit and work intermittently or fail altogether

Addressing a Windshield Wiper Defect

If you suspect that your wipers may be defective, consider contacting your vehicle manufacturer to determine if a recall has been released for the product. If not, consider having a mechanic inspect your blades for any sign of a defect. Sometimes manufacturers delay announcing a recall even though a dangerous product is on the market. It is therefore important to take steps to repair the problem as soon as possible.

If you are injured in an accident caused by limited visibility from malfunctioning windshield wipers, consider contacting a personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the details of your accident and determine if the manufacturer may be liable for the malfunction. Your attorney will fight to hold the liable parties legally accountable to recover compensation for your injuries and damages.

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To speak to an experienced legal professional about windshield wiper defects and accident liability, contact the experienced Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® by calling (800) 242-2874.