5   Functional Safety

Since more and more mechanical and hydraulic systems in safety related vehicle components are being replaced or at least complemented by electrical and electronic solutions, the question about the »functional safety« of these systems arises more and more. The customer must be able to rely on these systems and this issue is going to decisively influence his buying behavior. Dramatic declines in sales are well-known as a result of extensive public discussion of safety problems with chassis and brake systems in some car models. If in the case of product liability claims, it can be proven that the state of technology concerning development methods was not observed, manufacturers may be faced with high indemnity claims and legal ...

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