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Ford Issues Recall over Safety Issues

Automobile manufacturing giant Ford Motor Co. issued a massive safety recall that together includes roughly 380,000 vehicles. The following list is a breakdown of the affected vehicles. If this recall includes your vehicle, please do not hesitate to have it checked out by an auto maintenance professional. 

Ford Windstar vans from 1998-2003: Ford states that a rear axle reinforcement bracket might have been improperly installed. Stress and corrosion to the part could lead to cracks in the axle. Ford claims that this defect has resulted in a “small number” of accidents.  This recall affects 342,271 Ford Windstar vans in North America. Ford advises that any one operating this model should immediately have the vehicle inspected to make sure the brackets are properly installed and maintained.

Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner: A second recall includes 70 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles that have a re-manufactured transmission from 2001 to 2008. The transmissions could have an improperly tightened shift control lever bolt. This could lead to the sudden gear shift level disengagement from the transmission. Ford said dealers will check to make sure the bolt in question is properly tightened free of charge.

Ford F-150: About 37,000 Ford F-150s are being recalled for a potential issue with the adaptive cruise control. Ford admits that the radar in the adaptive cruise control could automatically apply its brakes when the radar mistakenly believes other vehicles are in its lane of travel. At least one accident has been caused by this defect. Dealers will update the adaptive cruise software at no cost to the consumer.

Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Ford Explorer: About 250 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MJS cars from the 2015 model year as well as certain 2016 Ford Explorers are being recalled for a fuel tank issue. According to reports, the fuel tank attachment bolts were not properly tightened, which could cause the fuel tank to leak, ultimately causing a fire. Again, dealers will properly tighten the volts for free.

Ford F-53 and F-59: This recall consists of about 1,500 model year 2016 Ford F-53 and F-59s due to a potential issue with a shift control bracket. This defect could result in the vehicle shifting in reverse without the river applying the brakes. Dealers will replace the shift control bracket for free.

Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ: This recall concerns about 700 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles from the 2016 model year. The recall addresses a fuel tank defect. Dealers will replace the fuel tanks in affected vehicles for free.

The attorneys at Swartz & Lynch have extensive experience holding corporations accountable for their defective products. If you have been injured by a defective product or as a result of the negligence of another, do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.


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