(Findlay) – According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, vehicle defects were a contributing circumstance in 10,255 crashes from 2017 to 2021. Brake failures and tire blowouts were the most common causes in vehicle defect-related crashes.
During the same timeframe, there were 48 defect-related fatal crashes which resulted in 56 deaths on Ohio’s roadways. Tire blowouts were the leading cause in 31 percent of these fatal crashes. In addition, there were 2,795 injury crashes in which a vehicle defect was a contributing circumstance.
“Keeping up with routine maintenance on your vehicle helps keep our roads safe,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “By ensuring your vehicle is roadworthy, crashes can be prevented throughout Ohio.”
Older vehicles were involved in the majority of vehicle defect-related crashes. Vehicles from model years 1999 – 2008 accounted for 53 percent of these crashes, while vehicles from model years 2010 – 2019 were involved in 25 percent of the crashes.
“Defect-related crashes are preventable,” Lt. Matt Crow, Findlay Post Commander said. “When you get behind the wheel of a vehicle with a defect you are putting your life and that of others at risk.”
The Patrol reminds you to call #677 when you see unsafe motorists driving on Ohio roads.
For more information, a traffic safety bulletin can be found at: https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/DefectCrashesBulletin22.pdf