Dangerous Truck Part Recall by Ford
A dangerous truck part recall involving almost 900,000 vehicles was issued recently by Ford Motor Company. It followed the discovery of a faulty heater cable in the engine block in F-150 and Super Duty models. The faulty heater cable could start a vehicle fire, according to the automaker. However, the risk exists when the heater cable is plugged in and the vehicle parked. The company reported that they had received three reports of fires in Ford trucks due to this splice connector, and only one caused minor damages. Ford said they didn’t believe any accidents or injuries had occurred due to the defective part but were issuing a dangerous truck part recall anyway.
Details of the Dangerous Truck Part Recall
The heater cables in question are used by truck owners to warm the engine so it will start easier during cold weather. Typically, the cable hangs from the vehicle and is plugged into an extension cord that is probably in the garage. The problem is that contaminants and water can enter the splice connector, damaging it over time. This can result in a short, which makes the heater inoperable and may trip the outlet or breakers, starting a fire. A garage fire can not only destroy the vehicle but spread to the house, resulting in severe burn injuries or loss of life and property.
Affected Truck Models
The dangerous truck part recall involves more than 410,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. and nearly 464,000 in Canada. Affected models with dates of manufacture and location include:
- Ford F-150s, manufactured between 2015 and 2019. The affected vehicles were manufactured from March 18, 2017, through November 17, 2018, at the Dearborn, Michigan truck plant. Others that have been recalled were manufactured from August 21, 2014, through November 17, 2018, at the plant in Kansas City.
- Ford Super Duty trucks, manufactured between February 5, 2016, through November 17, 2018, that were assembled at the Ohio plant. In addition, trucks manufactured from October 8, 2015, through November 17, 2018, at the Kentucky plant will be recalled.
How Recalls Work
Since safety is an important issue when choosing a car, manufacturers are often likely to issue a recall for a defective auto part or vehicle. Vehicles are continually monitored for defects by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Many times, consumers will discover a defect and report it. In other instances, a defect will be discovered as the cause of an accident. When the government receives a sufficient number of complaints, they will urge the manufacturer to recall the vehicle voluntarily. A voluntary recall is perceived better by the public than when the manufacturer is forced into recalling the vehicles. If a voluntary recall is not issued by the manufacturer, the NHTSA can order it to be done. The manufacturer is required to release a notice by mail to all consumers who own the vehicle alerting them to the recall and to provide a remedy without charge. This may entail a repair, refund or replacement of the defective part or vehicle. If you were injured due to a recalled product, you can still file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Dangerous truck part recalls are a special part of personal injury law that falls under the category of products liability. When a person becomes injured by a defective or dangerous product, they may claim fair compensation for the injuries. Depending on the defect, this may involve the manufacturer, parts supplier, designer, and others. An injury lawyer experienced in auto defects can help by preparing a strong case and filing against the appropriate parties.
Rosemont Car Accident Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Rosemont car accident lawyer. Auto recalls are common. However, it is especially important when the defective part could cause a fire or an accident. If you or your loved one was injured because of an auto part you suspect was defective, give me a call at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. Our online contact form at AutoAccident.com is also an easy way to get in touch with me.
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