Ford Recalls Over 100,000 Vehicles

July 26, 2014

Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company recalled over 100,000 vehicles due to various auto defects.  The most prevalent defect in this recall, an improperly installed halfshaft (a wheel axle), has the potential to cause sudden, unpredictable vehicle movement while driving.  The vehicles recalled due to the defective halfshaft are the 2013-2014 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT, the 2012-2014 Ford Edge, and the 2014 Lincoln MKX SUV.  Ford also issued recalls of the 2014 Ford Escape due to a defective glass roof, and the 2014 Ford Fiesta due to a faulty fuel tank.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident involving one of the aforementioned vehicles, you should contact an experienced product liability lawyer immediately.  That a major auto manufacturer could put this many dangerous vehicles into the marketplace is unacceptable, and you may be entitled to compensation for the manufacturer’s negligence.

Despite this revelation of safety risks to Ford customers and Ohio drivers, though, one aspect of Ford’s recall is encouraging.  Following the national attention surrounding the GM ignition switch recall earlier this year, it appears that Ford (and hopefully all car manufacturers) recognized that public safety outweighs the financial gain realized by cutting corners.  Consumers have a right to expect that automobiles will be reasonably safe, and the public outrage over GM’s defective products sent the powerful message that consumers are unwilling to tolerate unsafe motor vehicles.

Time will tell if motor vehicle manufacturers will continue to make the necessary changes and recalls to keep consumers safe, but with the GM debacle still making waves we will likely see more preemptive recalls like Ford’s in the immediate future.

Unfortunately, recalls will not prevent all injuries caused by defective automobiles.  If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a recalled or defective vehicle, call the Cleveland auto defect attorneys at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free telephone consultation.

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