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Ford Announces Recall of 450,000 Vehicles

As 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 News reports.

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.