Automotive Companies Recall More Than Half a Million Cars for Safety Issues
Ford and General Motors have recently announced major recalls affecting more than 500,000 vehicles. Both of these recalls involve defects present in multiple model years’ worth of vehicles, illustrating the significant potential danger to motorists.
To see if your vehicle is part of either of these recalls, visit this website and enter your VIN. If you’ve been hurt in a crash due to defects in your car, please contact Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., immediately to discuss your legal options. Our firm has extensive experience handling these types of cases. Our attorneys work closely with experts in automotive design, engineering, and other fields to gain valuable insight into crashes involving auto defects. In fact, our firm obtained a landmark verdict of $55.3 million for a client who suffered a spinal cord injury due to a defective seatbelt. The victory was the largest award ever in an auto defect case in Pennsylvania.
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About the Ford Recall
The Ford recall concerns select 2013-2017 Ford Explorer SUVs. The recall involves issues with the suspension in these vehicles, which causes problems with drivers’ ability to maintain control.
This new defect occurs in Explorers that have undergone a prior safety recall repair. The issue occurs in areas where corrosion is common, leading to a fracture in the outboard section of the rear suspension toe link. In a news release, Ford said that when a fracture like this occurs, it “significantly diminishes steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Ford is recalling 375,200 Explorers from the 2013-2017 model years as part of this recall. So far, the defect has been linked to 13 accidents and six injuries, according to Ford.
If you drive an Explorer from the 2013-2017 model years and have previously had the vehicle repaired as part of a safety recall, you should take your vehicle in to be serviced again immediately.
About the GM Recall
GM’s recall involves fewer vehicles than the Ford recall, but the defect is much more dangerous. GM is recalling 194,105 cars and SUVs over a defective part that can cause vehicles to lose power while moving or catch fire. Most of the vehicles being recalled are 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Cruzes, 2018 Chevrolet Malibus, and 2018 and 2019 Buick Lacrosses.
The defective part in question is called the accumulator, which is part of the auto start-stop system for these vehicles. Due to a software error at a supplier for these parts, some accumulators left the factory with loose or missing bolts. When these bolts are loose or missing, a transmission oil leak can occur. This leak can cause the vehicle to lose power or catch on fire, putting drivers at major risk. Luckily, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that so far, there have been no reported crashes or injuries related to this defective part.
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