NHTSA Expands Investigation into Ford Brake Failures

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expanding its investigation into reports of brake failures in certain Ford vehicles. NHTSA’s investigation into the issue began in 2016. The federal auto regulator is investigating reports of crashes and injuries that involve 2006-2012 Ford Fusion, 2006-2012 Lincoln MKZ and 2006-2011 Mercury Milan vehicles. NHTSA said it has received 544 complaints from consumers about the issue. Ford said it received another 244 complaints.

According to consumer complaints, the brakes in these vehicles can travel further toward the floor than motorists anticipate. As a result, motorists may exceed the distance of their expected stopping points. There are multiple reports where vehicle owners said they had to steer out of the way to avoid collisions with other vehicles or objects. NHTSA is aware of 26 crashes involving the issue, three of which resulted in injuries.

NHTSA Is Also Investigating Nissan Brake Failures

NHTSA is also expanding an investigation into brake failures in 108,000 2009 Nissan Murano SUVs. These vehicles also have brake pedals that may travel closer to the floor than expected. NHTSA received 484 complaints from consumers about the issue, 14 of which involved reports of crashes with three injuries. The auto safety regulator will conduct an engineering analysis on the Murano hydraulic brake control units.

Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?

You can receive free repairs from your local dealership if your vehicle has an unfixed recall. Automakers must fix recalled vehicles for free. In some cases, they may even tow your vehicle to the dealership for repairs.

You may be able to recover compensation if a defective vehicle harmed you or a loved one. Automakers can be liable for injuries or deaths caused by defects even when they issue recalls. Issuing a recall does not absolve an automaker of liability.

The Philadelphia vehicle defect attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., can help you determine whether it would be possible to file a lawsuit. You can schedule a free consultation by calling (866) 569-3400 or by using our case review form.