Ford is recalling more than 225,000 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKT vehicles from the 2013 to 2018 model years due to concerns that a rear suspension component could break when the car is in motion. According to Consumer Reports, Ford says the affected vehicles most likely to experience this problem are those that travel frequently on rough or bumpy roads.
Details of the Recall
Ford says if a specific rear suspension component called a rear toe link breaks while driving, this could increase the risk of a crash. So far, there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this problem. This particular recall affects 2013-2018 model-year Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT SUVs manufactured in the company’s Oakville Assembly Plant from Sept. 12, 2011 to June 1, 2017 as well as 2013-2018 model-year Ford Taurus SHO sedans equipped with the Performance package and Taurus Police Interceptors built at the Chicago assembly plant from Aug. 25, 2011 to June 1, 2017.
Ford has recalled 211,207 vehicles in the United States, 15,281 in Canada and 1,396 in Mexico. Dealerships will remove the left and right rear suspension toe links and replace them with newly forged toe links at no charge to consumers. For more information, contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. You can see if your vehicle has an open recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and entering your vehicle identification number (VIN).
Auto Product Liability Issues
When a suspension begins to fail, the ride will become rough and the vehicle may become difficult to handle. 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 interest 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.