The Ford Motor Company is one of the largest automobile manufacturers worldwide, as well as an important fixture in American history. The name Henry Ford is commonly associated with the rise of American industrialism and the automobile. Although he did not invent the car, he did create the first car that was affordable by the American middle-class. The Ford Motor Company began in 1903 and has functioned as its own entity ever since. The company also owns the Lincoln brand of luxury vehicles, and previously owned the Mercury brand as well, however, the Mercury line has since been discontinued. The company has a wide array of vehicle types ranging from the standard car to its popular SUVs and pickup trucks.
Ford Recalls, Malfunctions, And Known Issues
Ford is the parent company of the Lincoln line and the discontinued Mercury line. In addition, Ford also had ownership of Volvo for a short time. Because Ford is the parent company, their recalls will often lead to recalls across all brands owned by the company. Ford has a wide array of vehicles, and several of them share similar design, and as such use similar parts. One issue may be prevalent across several different models.
A recall has been issued on several Ford vehicles regarding a control module that may affect airbag deployment in a crash. The recall affects the 2013-2014 C-Max, Escape, and Fusion models. The issue is caused by a short circuit in the control module that can cause the airbags to fail to deploy in a car accident. Airbags are one of the most important safety features in any automobile, and their failure to activate in a crash can severely increase a person’s risk of injury. Ford has advised vehicle owners to contact their dealership and will conduct the repairs or replacements without cost. The recall affects over 850,000 vehicles.
Ford has issued a recall on a the 2014 Flex and F-150 vehicles for an error that affects airbag deployment. The error presents itself when an adult is in the front passenger seat. A calibration error in the system that determines whether or not the airbag should deploy based on the weight of the occupant of the seat cause cause the airbag to fail to deploy in a crash. This failure puts the front passenger at an incredible risk for injury. The recall affects 134,947 vehicles in total. Owners can report to their local dealership for inspection and recalibration of the system.
Engine, Fuel And Mechanical Problems
Ford has recalled the 2015 Ford Edge and the 2013-2015 Ford Fusion models for an issue that can affect the vehicle’s steering. Ford has stated that the steering gear motor attachment bolts may fracture due to corrosion cracking. If this occurs, the vehicle can become much more difficult to steer and may potentially result in a crash. The recall affects 487,301 vehicles in total. Owners may bring their vehicles to their local dealership for inspection and replacement of bolts, and repairs to damaged steering gears.
A recall has been issued on a number of Ford vehicles. The recall affects the 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Interceptor Utility, and Interceptor Sedan models. Ford has stated that these vehicles may have an issue with a leaking fuel tank, which can cause ground spillage, or a potential fire if the fuel is exposed to an ignition. Owners can schedule an inspection and replacement as necessary. the recall affects 465,000 vehicles in total.
A second recall has been put out on the older 1998-2003 Ford Windstar models. Ford states that an improperly installed bracket could lead to a fractured axle. A fractured axle can both severely damage the car, as well as lead to a crash if it were to occur on the road. This recall is in response to prior recall that may not have completely fixed the problem. Owners of these vehicles can bring them in to a local Ford dealership and have them inspected and repaired if necessary. The recall affects a total of 342,271 vehicles.
Ford initiated a recall on the 2010-2013 Ford Taurus and Ford Police Interceptor models. The recall is due to a spring within one of the interior door handles that can become unseated, which can cause the door to open unexpectedly, or to open in the event of a crash. This can increase a person’s risk for injury in an accident, or if the door were to open while driving, crash risk could increase. Owners are advised to bring their vehicles in to a dealer, where all four doors may be inspected and the parts can be replaced as necessary. The recall affects 205,000 cars in total.
A recall has been instated on the 2010-2014 models of the Ford Taurus for a fire risk. The risk stems from the potential for corrosion to occur in the license plate lamp, particularly for cold-weather states where the roads are often salted. The corrosion in the lamp may cause a short circuit, which can lead to a fire. In addition to the fire risk itself, if this were to occur while a person was driving, it may cause a distraction, increasing accident risk. The recall is instated on over 196,639 vehicles. Owners who may be affected can go to their local dealership for a newer license plate lamp assembly.
Ford Safety Ratings
Ford’s main line has received mostly favorable ratings from the Insurance Institute for High Way Safety. Several models in Ford’s main line have “G” rated safety features, which is the highest the Institute offers. The 2017 Ford Focus has made the organization’s list of top picks for safety, as well.
Vehicle defects and errors can be the source of serious injury to a person. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defect in a Ford vehicle, contact attorney Jeremy Rosenthal today.