Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of about 101,000 vehicles over safety defects in six new recall campaigns bringing the total recalls so far this year by the automaker to nearly 3 million vehicles in the United States.
According to a report in The Detroit News, the biggest recall covers 92,000 vehicles in North America including 2013-2014 models of the Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT; 2012-2014 Ford Edge; and 2014 Lincoln MKX.
Recall Involves Several Auto Defects
All vehicles have potential issues with the right-side halfshaft. As a result of faulty assembly, the vehicles included in this recall may experience “loss of drive function.”
The vehicles could roll away if the gearshift is placed in “park” without the emergency brake being activated. When the recall begins, dealers will inspect the halfshaft and repair or replace as needed.
Ford is also recalling 2,100 2014 Ford Escape SUVs for a potential problem with the panorama roof glass that may have an improperly cured bond between the glass and the attacking bracket that could result in noise, water leak or separation of the panel from the vehicle.
Other vehicles that have been recalled involve a range of defects including brake problems to fire dangers.
So far, no crashes or injuries have been reported in any of the new recall campaigns.
In 2013, Ford recalled 1.19 million vehicles in 16 recall campaigns nationwide. So far this year, Ford has issued 19 recalls covering about 2.9 million vehicles.
Automobile Product Liability Issues
Apparently, three of the four recalls came under pressure from the U.S. and Canadian auto safety regulators.
This is just another sign that government agencies are being tougher on automakers in the aftermath of the General Motors’ recall crisis. At least 13 deaths were reported as a result of GM ignition defects.
According to reports, GM waited for more than a year to issue the necessary recalls despite knowing that millions of vehicles were defective and posed a danger to consumers.
In this case, Ford opted to recall the vehicles rather than fight federal regulators.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective vehicle, you can file a product liability claim against the automaker seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Proving an auto defect case against an automaker can, however, be extremely challenging, which is why it is crucial to get an experienced and tenacious auto product liability lawyer on your side to help protect your rights and hold the corporations involved accountable.