Ford has issued a recall for 116,796 trucks and SUVs because the bolts in the seat, seatbelt or seatbelt buckles may fracture. According to Ford, bolt fractures can harm the structural integrity of the seat or the seatbelt’s performance during a crash or sudden stop. The following vehicle models are affected by the Ford seatbelt recall:
- 2014 F-Series pickup
- 2014 E-Series van
- 2014-2015 Ford Escape
- 2015 Lincoln MKC SUV
More than 94,600 of these vehicles are being recalled in the United States. Ford claims it is not aware of any injuries caused by the defect.
If your vehicle is affected by this seat or seatbelt defect, Ford is legally obligated to inform you of the recall. Ford dealerships are required by federal law to fix recalled vehicles for free. However, you should call your dealership beforehand to make sure they have the parts necessary to perform the repairs.
Seat and seatbelt defects could put you or your loved ones at an increased risk of being catastrophically injured or killed during a crash. The personal injury attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. have seen firsthand how seatbelt failures can harm people. In one case, our law firm secured a $55,300,000 jury verdict for a client who suffered a spinal cord injury caused by a seatbelt defect.
If you believe an auto defect has harmed you or a loved one, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the automaker or other parties. Automakers are required to ensure their vehicles are free of dangerous manufacturing and design defects.