Ford Motor Company recently issued a safety recall for 1.2 million Ford Explorer SUVs. According to the company, the recall affects select Ford Explorers that are at risk of suffering from fractured toe links. When the toe link suffers a fracture, steering becomes much more difficult and the risk of a crash increases.
Ford said in a statement that the issue affects vehicles built at its Chicago assembly plant between May 17, 2010 and January 25, 2017.
What If My Vehicle Is Part of the Ford Suspension Recall?
If your vehicle is part of this recall, then you can receive free repairs from your nearest Ford dealership. Ford told vehicles owners that it will replace the left and right-hand rear suspension toe links with a new toe link and will also realign the rear suspension. Automakers are required by law to notify you of a recall and conduct free repairs.
In addition to this recall, Ford is also recalling an additional 123,000 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles for a transmission calibration issue. According to Ford, the issue causes the vehicle to unexpectedly switch into first gear. This separate recall affects vehicles sold in the U.S. and Canada.
You can check the recall status of your vehicle by using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. On the website, there is a search tool that allows you to input your vehicle identification number (VIN). If your vehicle has an open recall, then it may be displayed on this website.
However, keep in mind that newly announced recalls may not appear on NHTSA’s VIN search tool. Certain types of foreign vehicles are also not included in search results. You can take your vehicle to your nearest Ford dealership if you are affected by either recall. Keep in mind, that depending on the volume of the dealership’s customers, there could be a waiting period. Ask your dealership for a loaner vehicle if that is the case.
Filing a Lawsuit for Ford Defects
If you or a loved one suffered harm due to an auto defect, then you may have options to pursue compensation against the manufacturer of the auto part or vehicle. You can still seek compensation in cases where there is no recall.
However, you should never wait to speak with an attorney. State law places restrictions on how long you can wait to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. The sooner you contact an attorney, the more likely you are to recover vital compensation that can pay for your damages.
It is important to do research while looking for a product liability attorney to take your case. You should review a law firm’s settlements and verdicts page to make sure they have a history of resolving cases similar to your own.
About Our Ford Recall Lawyers
The Philadelphia auto defect lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. have extensive experience taking cases involving defective vehicles. You can learn more about our successful verdicts and settlements by continuing to explore our website.
We also offer free initial consultations if you have questions about the Ford recall or other recalls. Our attorneys can help you determine if it would be possible to recover compensation for injuries or deaths caused by defective vehicles.