Ford Recalls 600,000 Cars to Repair Hydraulic Defect That Could Cause Crashes
Ford Motor Company has issued widespread safety recalls affecting 10 vehicles including new versions of the its popular Ford F-150, F-Series Super Duty, Expedition and its bestselling Explorer SUVs, for several issues including seats that may detach in the event of a crash. According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, cars being recalled for other issues include the Ford Fiesta, Fusion and Edge. A list of Lincoln vehicles was also included in the recall announcement that came just before the Labor Day weekend.
Four Different Recalls
Ford is recalling 665,154 vehicles in all under four safety recall categories. The automaker notes that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with these problems.
Here are the four different recalls that are being issued by Ford:
Seatback defects: Ford has recalled several models of its F-150 Super Duty pickup trucks, 2018-19 Ford Explorer and 2019-20 Ford Expedition vehicles with a manual driver and/or front passenger seat-back recliner mechanism. Some 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator models with rear outboard seats with manual seatback recliner mechanisms are also included. Ford said these vehicles might be missing a component that is required for seatback strength.A seatback that lacks a properly assembled recliner mechanism might have reduced strength, which means it might not adequately restrain an occupant during a crash. This could, of course, increase the risk of serious injuries. This action alone affects nearly 500,000 vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Dealers will replace the seat structure at no charge to consumers.
Steering defects: Ford is recalling certain 2013-16 Fusion, Lincoln MKZ as well as 2015-16 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles in “salt belt” states for potential corrosion. When corrosion occurs, these vehicles could lose power-steering assist. Loss of power-steering assist would require higher steering effort, especially at lower speeds, which may result in an increased risk of a crash. This recall impacts close to 98,000 vehicles. When the recall begins dealers will replace the steering gear motor-attachment bolts and apply wax sealer.
Brake defects: The latest 2019 Ford Fiesta vehicles are also included in this recall for potential brake issues. The defect in the brakes could result in reduced braking function, which could lead to the overheating of the brake pads, increasing the risk of a crash. This recall affects about 2,700 vehicles. Dealers will flush the brake fluid and replace the front brake calipers and brake lines at no cost to customers.
Headlight failure: The final recall includes 2012-13 Ford Fiesta vehicles in Canada for potential headlight failure, affecting 13,564 vehicles.
Auto Product Liability Issues
These are all serious auto defect issues that could have an impact on driver and passenger safety. They also have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other auto defects, an experienced auto defect lawyer can help you secure compensation for your losses and hold that negligent automaker liable. You may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and even wrongful death.