Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 126,000 Explorer SUVs because a suspension component could break and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
According to Consumer Reports, the affected vehicles include 2011 through 2013 Explorer models, with those in states where road salt is used mainly at risk. If a suspension breaks while the vehicle is in motion, it could put drivers, passengers, and other road users in extreme danger.
Details of the Recall
The recall included only Explorers with specific suspension components replaced once under prior recalls and was initially sold or currently registered in one of the “salt belt” states. All of these areas use road salt extensively during the winter months.
The recall was issued because the replacement part of the rear suspension could corrode due to road salt exposure. This could result in the fracture of a major part of the rear suspension and reduce steering control, which increases the risk of a crash. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to these defects.
When the recall begins in November, Ford dealers will inspect the vehicles to see whether the replacement component from the previous recall is present. If that is the case, the dealer will replace it and other components as necessary, free of charge. If you have any questions about this recall, call customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Suspension issues are serious and are likely to result in car accidents. 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. While this recall involves vehicles originally sold in the “salt belt” states, it is important to remember that many of these vehicles may make their way to other states through the used car market or when people move and sell their vehicles in the states where they reside.
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.