Ford has issued two safety recalls, including one for the 2014 to 2016 Taurus and Explorer as well as the 2014 Edge and another for the 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator. According to a report on Car and Driver, the first recall, which covers 15,587 U.S. vehicles, is to replace a link shaft bracket that could break and lead to a loss of power while driving or cause the parking function to fail, which can potentially lead to the vehicle rolling while in park.
Details of the Recall
The second recall of the 2020 models for a total of 10,905 U.S. vehicles, is for a driveshaft that could break along a welding seam causing either unintentional vehicle movement or loss of power while driving. The defective driveshaft could also separate from the driveline potentially hitting the fuel tank and leading to a fire risk. Ford has said it is not aware of any car accidents that have resulted from either of these recalled parts.
When the recall begins, dealers will replace the link shaft brackets on the recalled vehicles, inspect the drivetrain of those affected vehicles and replace them as necessary. If you suspect your vehicle might be included in this recall, you will be able to find out by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website and entering your vehicle identification number or VIN. You can also use NHTSA’s new recall app to see if your vehicle is involved in this recall.
Serious Safety Defects
Based on the news report, it appears that the vehicles included in this recall may contain defective parts that could lead to loss of power while driving, rollaway issues or fire risks. All these are serious safety issues that could result in car accidents or serious personal injuries. Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to manufacture vehicles that are safe for consumers. When they detect or are informed of a safety problem, they are required under the law to issue prompt recalls and perform recall repairs at no cost to consumers.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective auto, you may be able to file an auto product liability lawsuit against the automaker and/or the manufacturer of the defective product. If you have been involved in a crash, be sure to preserve the vehicle in its current state, unaltered, so an expert can examine it for defects, malfunctions and design flaws. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.