Ford Issues Safety Recall for 375,200 Explorer SUVs for Defect Linked to 13 accidents
Ford Motor Company has issued a safety alert for 375,200 Explorer SUVs for a problem that diminishes steering control, a defect that has been linked so far to 13 accidents and six injuries. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, the company has issued this new safety recall to fix a situation related to a previous recall.
Details of the Recall
Ford said the Explorer SUVs included in the recall, which are registered in places where corrosion is common, have experienced a fracture of the outboard section of the rear suspension toe link after completion of a prior safety recall repair. This fracture could diminish steering control and increase the risk of a crash. The recall affects about 350,000 Explorers in the United States and 25,200 in Canada.
These SUVs were built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from Sept. 4, 2012, to Jan. 25, 2017. When the recall begins, Ford dealers will complete a torque inspection of the cross-axis ball joint and replace it as necessary for Explorer owners. Ford has issued a number of vehicles over the past two months including for vehicles with fire risk, backup camera failure and issues with tire pressure monitoring. The camera issue affected 700,000 vehicles including the 2020 Ford Explorer, F-Series, Mustang, Transit, Expedition, Escape, Ranger, Edge and Lincoln Corsair and Nautilus.
Auto Product Liability Issues
When a suspension begins to fail, the vehicle could become difficult to handle. In some cases, drivers may also lose control of their vehicles. Vehicles with faulty suspensions are more prone to spinning out of control on a curve or in the rain. A vehicle’s suspension can also affect the wear and tear on the tires and other auto parts.
If you have been involved in an auto accident involving a defective auto, it would be in your best interests to preserve the vehicle in its current crashed state, unaltered, so an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases against large auto manufacturers.
In cases where a defective auto part has caused or contributed to an accident or injury, the victim can file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.