Defective brakes caused more accidents on the UK’s roads than any other type of vehicle defect last year, Department for Transport statistics show.
In total, vehicle defects led to a staggering 1,539 accidents and collisions on the UK’s roads last year, causing 32 deaths and seriously injuring a further 359 people.
Faulty brakes caused 570 accidents in 2017, resulting in nine fatalities and 129 serious injuries.
Illegal, defective, or under-inflated tyres caused 472 accidents and was the second most common accident-causing car defect, with 14 fatalities and a further 115 seriously injured.
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