San Diego product liability attorneys, we had hoped 2012 would be a better year for vehicle safety. However,
that does not appear the case. Ford Motor Co. recently announced two separate
recalls, impacting over 500,000 vehicles worldwide.
Ford will recall 286,000 Ford Escape SUVs from the 2001 and 2002 model
years. In addition, it will also recall nearly 253,000 Ford Freestar and
Mercury Monterey minivans made for 2004 and 2005 model years, Detroit
Ford Escape Recall
The first recall involves 274,368 Escapes that must be serviced to further
address a problem with the anti-lock brakes. Many of these vehicles were
previously recalled in 2007. However, some SUVs may not have been completely
inspected or received a proper fix, Ford said.
In fact, according to the NHTSA, at least 86 fires were reported in Escapes
that had been previously recalled and serviced. Ford has identified that
brake fluid might leak onto an ABS module electrical connector, which
in turn could corrode and spark a fire.
“There are reports of property damage as a result of fire beyond
vehicle-only damage,” Ford said in its report. Therefore, the carmaker
is advising owners not to park in their garages until the problem is fixed.
Thankfully, there have been no reports of injuries due to the problem.
Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey Recall
These minivans are being recalled due to a torque converter issue that
may cause the vehicle to lose forward and reverse power. According to
Ford, the vehicles coast and can be safely maneuvered and parked. However,
two accidents have been reported, one of which resulted in minor injuries.
The NHTSA has been investigating this issue for over two years; Ford finally
relented to pressure to recall the vehicles “to avoid a protracted
dispute with the agency.”
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or
defective product, don’t hesitate to
contact a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.