Ford Recall Lawsuit Attorneys
According to USA Today, Ford is recalling 1.38 million Ford and Lincoln cars in North America.
This recall comes after several dozen Ford Fusion owners complained that steering wheels had come loose or had detached while operating the vehicle. According to a different USA Today article, there had been 45 independent reports of problems to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For instance, according to USA Today, one driver told the NHTSA that his “steering became a little wobbly over the past two weeks and on Saturday while driving to Athens, [he] went to turn in gas station and the steering wheel fell off in my lap.” So far, one injury and at least two accidents have been attributed to Ford steering wheel defects, but other accidents and injuries are possible until all vehicles have been recalled.
Driving a car with a loose steering wheel can cause the steering wheel to detach from the steering column, making it difficult or impossible to navigate the car.
If you or someone you know has sustained injuries while driving a recalled Ford vehicle, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. Call a Ford recall lawsuit attorney today at William Mattar to schedule a free consultation.
Which Ford Vehicles are on the Recall List?
According to CNN Money, the affected models are the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ (2014-2018). The recall applies to every version of the Fusion and Lincoln MKZ:
Fusion Hybrid Platinum
Fusion Energi Platinum
Lincoln MKZ Premier
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premier
Lincoln MKZ Black Label
If you own one of these vehicles and have suffered physical injuries due to a steering wheel failure, contact us today at (844) 444-4444.
How to Check to See if Your Vehicle is Being Recalled by Ford for Defective Steering Wheels
Go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and enter the vehicle identification number, or “VIN.” A VIN is a 17 digit number that provides the history of a vehicle. For example, a VIN check can provide information about whether the vehicle has been involved in an accident, stolen in the past, and the number of previous owners. VINs are typically located to the lower left of the windshield. They can also be found on a vehicle’s registration card. In some cases, VINs are included on insurance cards as well.
Defects in Ford Steering Wheels Involved in the Recall
According to the Recall, in affected vehicles, “the steering wheel bolt may not maintain torque, allowing the bolt to loosen over time, and if not serviced, a steering wheel could potentially detach and lead to a loss of steering control and increased risk of a crash.” Upon receiving a notice of recall in the mail, owners of recalled cars can take their cars into a Ford dealer to have bolts replaced with longer bolts that have improved threads and a special patch to prevent them from loosening.
Unfortunately, some owners of recalled Ford vehicles may not get this notice in the mail before they suffer an accident due to a defective steering wheel. If you are injured due to a defective steering wheel, we are available to help.
If you were driving one of the vehicles listed above, lost control of your car due to a defective steering wheel and suffered physical injuries, call William Mattar today at (844) 444-4444 to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to discuss your case and can come to your home or hospital room if you are recovering from injuries and cannot visit our office.