A functional vehicle is the lifeblood of the home. Many daily tasks become difficult or impossible without access to a car. From driving to work, taking the kids to school and completing grocery shopping, you rely on your car to transport you safely and efficiently.
If your vehicle has recently been repaired following an accident, or if you have purchased a secondhand automobile, can you really be sure that it meets safety standards? Improperly completed repairs reduce your vehicle’s ability to withstand any subsequent collision, or they can inflict additional wear and tear. At best, this leaves your family stranded with a broken-down car. In the worst-case scenario, your loved ones may be injured or killed in a road traffic collision.
The Cost of Failed Repairs
Modern cars are increasingly made of lighter materials. Steel is slowly giving way to plastic and aluminum as key car composites. Accordingly, vehicles rely heavily on the structural integrity of the framework to protect life in the event of a collision.
Manufactures have designed your vehicle to crumple on impact, absorbing the shock and protecting the occupants from harm. If your car has been repaired improperly, it will not react as intended in a collision scenario. This places lives at risk, as a crash could result in the frame splitting or shredding.
Other car safety measures depend on your car’s structure. Air bags are designed to deploy when a sensor detects a sudden reduction in speed. This means your airbag will not deploy with normal deceleration, such as approaching a red light, but will activate in the event of a sudden stop.
If your vehicle has been repaired, the crush zone could have been reinforced, which can fool the sensor and cause airbags to activate too early or too late. Both outcomes have disastrous consequences, as an airbag inflating randomly can obstruct your vision and cause you to lose control while driving. An airbag that fails to inflate in an emergency will make you collide with your steering wheel or dashboard, resulting in injury.
Wreck Check Can Put Your Mind at Ease
At Wreck Check, our goal is to ensure that your vehicle has been returned or sold to you in pre-accident condition in relation to appearance, safety and function. Contact our Atlanta office today for ultimate peace of mind when using your vehicle.
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