Some Texas motorists might have heard that Ford Motor Company announced on April 6 that it would be sending recall notices to approximately 300,000 vehicle owners around the country. The car maker says that it is recalling some of its 2018 Expedition SUVs, F-150 pickup trucks and F-650 and F-750 heavy commercial vehicles to fix a transmission issue. The problem has been linked to at least one injury accident. A total of about 350,000 vehicles sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico are being recalled.
The recall has been ordered because a cable locking clip used on certain Ford 6-speed and 10-speed transmissions may have been installed incorrectly and could become worn over time. When this happens, drivers may not be able to tell which gear they are in just by looking at the transmission. This can be especially dangerous when drivers exit their vehicles believing that they have shifted into park. Ford says that the affected vehicles will be inspected by dealers to ensure that the locking clips are properly seated and show no signs of excessive wear.
Ford also announced a far smaller recall of 2017 and 2018 model year vehicles equipped with the company's 10R80 transmission. The 160 cars involved include Expedition and Navigator SUVs and F-150 pickup trucks. The vehicles are being recalled to make sure that a transmission roll pin has not become loose or dislodged.
Manufacturers tend to take action quickly on safety matters when fixing the problem is inexpensive and the chances of facing product liability litigation is high, but they may be far more reluctant to order recalls when repairs would be costly or the defect involved is an embarrassing one. When pursuing civil remedies on behalf of consumers who have been injured by defective products, experienced personal injury attorneys may begin by finding out how the manufacturers involved have handled these issues in the past.
Source: CNN, "Ford recalls 350,000 F-150s and Expeditions that can roll even when parked", Jill Disis, April 6, 2018
Source: Digital Trends, "Ford recalls 350,000 current-year trucks and SUVs due to 'rollaway' potential", Bruce Brown, April 8, 2018