Ford Motor Company has issued recalls for a variety of issues for some of its F-150 trucks, F-Series Super Duty Trucks, Explorers, Expeditions, Mustangs, and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. The recalls impact vehicles here in the United States and also in Canada. For 184,000 of the vehicles in the United States, there is a problem in which the vehicle could shift down to first gear without warning. There are also some Explorers with flaws in their suspension systems and F-Series Super Duty trucks with problems with their tires. With the gear downshifting problem in 2011-2012 Ford F-150 trucks and 2012 Expeditions, Mustangs, and Lincoln Navigators, the issue can cause a vehicle to suddenly slow and then to make things more dangerous the rear tires could lock-up or slide. So far there are three injuries reported related to this problem, but there may be unreported problems and accidents in the United States and Canada.
For the suspension problems in 75,364 2014-2015 Explorers, the rear-suspension toe links being improperly welded could cause a breakage of the link while the sports utility vehicle is moving, which could cause an accident. The problem with the Super-Duty Truck tires involves the sidewalls rupturing while the vehicles are moving. There are also some recalls involving air bags that might not deploy even though accident force is enough that they should, as well as some driver’s seat mounting brackets being improperly welded. The vehicles affected by these two recalls include Ford Flex crossover utility vehicles, Ford Taurus sedans, Lincoln MKS sedans, and Mercury Sable sedans from 2007-2012, and 2016 Ford Fusion sedans.
For information as to whether your vehicle is affected by any of these recalls you may go to the Ford recall website at https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/maintenance/recalls.html where you will need to have your VIN number ready. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an automobile defect, feel free to contact our firm with questions. As always, Inserra & Kelley Law Offices wants all of you out there to remain safe and healthy, so is here to provide the latest information on potentially dangerous products. You may be entitled to compensation if product defects resulted in injuries or death.