Newest in Car Recalls
Recently, Japanese supplier Takata was under scrutiny (and still is to this day) because they became known for the largest safety recall in automotive history that is only growing. In the news, they released information that they would be recalling as many as 40 million more airbags linked to a defect that caused numerous injuries as well as 11 deaths. 14 manufacturers have been impacted in the recall and Takata struggled immensely to deliver the necessary airbag modifiers to cover the earlier recall that was issued.
Yet another recall has been issued due to these defective airbags by well-known car and truck company Ford. Ford has recently recalled 1.9 million cars and crossovers for defective airbags. These Takata front passenger-side airbags have been linked to ruptures that can send metal fragments at the passenger, due to a deteriorating propellant. The cars affected by the recall include the 2007-2010 Ford Edge, 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, 2005-2011 Ford Mustang, 2007-2011 Ford Ranger, 2007-2010 Lincoln MKX, and the 2006-2011 Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr and Mercury Milan vehicles that were all built in North America.
Thus far, Ford has claimed that they are not aware of any injuries that have taken place due to the problem. However, these rupturing airbags have been linked to a series of serious injuries as well as fatalities. Because of the recall, Ford has agreed that dealers are obligated to replace the passenger-side frontal airbag at no extra cost to the customer. If you own one of these vehicles, you should look out for a letter that you will be receiving by mail from the manufacturer to arrange service.
Another Latest in Ford Recalls
Ford has also recently recalled approximately 271,000 F-150 models that were equipped with 3.5-liter Ecoboost engines from 2013 and 2014. The reason? Faulty brake master cylinders. The problem exists where a fluid leak from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster could reduce the overall efficiency of brakes, which could increase the risk of a crash. However, it is important to note that the leaky master cylinder only affects brakes to the front wheels and not rear-wheel braking. Due to these specifics, there have been allegations of nine accidents but no injuries. Because of this, it is important to find out if your vehicle is affected so you can avoid any potential accident and injury.
If your Ford truck is under recall, dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and the brake booster, if it is found necessary. This problem has been under investigation for quite a few months now by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford says that there will be no extra charge for the services for the recall.
In the newest Subaru recalls, Subaru is currently recalling approximately 50,000 Legacy sedans and Outback CUVs from model years 2016 and 2017. The NHTSA released a bulletin that says that the steering column in affected vehicles may not have been machined properly, which means that the angle of the steering wheel could have no impact on the direction of travel. This means that the wheel will turn, but the car will not respond. Subaru, at this point, is unsure if there were any injuries or deaths associated with the recall because they have not received any reports yet. Until your vehicle has been inspected, you should wait to hear about it in case it is under recall; a dealer will be contacting you.
Injured in a vehicle because of a defect or recall? You may have a case. This sometimes falls under product liability law and a manufacturer may actually be responsible for your injury. Call us today for more information on how to handle your claim.