Federal safety regulators are issuing a safety recall for more than 35,000 Ford and Acura vehicles to fix issues with loose bolts and a faulty fuel line. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recalling 27,933 Ford Edge crossovers from 2012-2013. Officials say a damper in the fuel line housing may crack due to defective manufacturing.
If this occurs, the potential fuel leak could cause the vehicle to catch fire. The issue affects only Edge models with the smaller, 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engines. So far, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of these recalled vehicles. When the recall begins in February, dealers will install a new fuel line without the affected damper free of charge.
Acura Recall Involves Loose Bolts
Honda’s Acura brand is recalling 7,387 of its flagship RLX sedans from 2014. The recall is to fix a loose bolt that attaches a piece of the rear suspension to the car’s frame. The bolt may come loose during transportation of cars to dealerships. Again, no crashes or injuries have been reported in connection with this issue. Nearly all owners of the affected vehicles have been notified. Dealers will replace the bolts free of charge when the recall begins.
Auto Product Liability Issues
There is no question that fire hazards and defective parts in vehicles increase the risk of a crash, injuries and property damage. When an accident occurs due to a manufacturing or a design defect in a vehicle, the automaker can be held liable for the injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claims seeking compensation.
It is important that victims or families preserve the vehicles in their current condition unaltered so that an expert can examine the vehicles for evidence of defects, malfunction or design flaws. The best auto defect law firms will always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.