Ford has recalled almost 435,000 cars that require fixing due to a rusting frame or faulty seats. The 435,000 total includes two recalls:
- Ford Escapes – 386,000 from 2007 through 2004 model years.
- Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escapes, C-MAX – 49,000 from model years 2013 and 2014
Ford Recall: Rusting Subframes
According to a report in My Fox Detroit, the Ford Escapes were recalled due to an issue with the subframes rusting. This issue then allows a control arm to separate and hamper the steering control. There is allegedly one crash related to this recall issue at this time but there are no injuries linked to it as of now.
The Ford Escapes are affected where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. The recalled SUVs were sold or registered in 20 states and Washington D.C., as well as seven Canadian provinces.
Ford Recall: Improper Welding
The recall of 49,000 vehicles including the Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape, and C-MAX vehicles is due to improper welding of seat back frames. Dealers will replace the recalled seat back frames as part of the recall protocol.
Auto Recalls in 2014
There have been several automotive recalls so far this year. General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford have all been in the spotlight for recent recalls.
Chrysler recently recalled nearly 870,000 SUVs in early April due to a brake defect, while General Motors has issued several recalls as of late, including some for steering issues as well as air bags and brake systems.
The best advice the lawyers at our office can give is to contact a lawyer if you believe you have been in an accident related to one of the recent recalls.
If you have not been in an accident but you own one of the recalled vehicles, follow the outlined steps to ensure that you are able to resolve the issue. While these types of things can be very inconvenient, it is imperative to follow the recalled steps to make sure that you and your family are safe.
If you have questions about an automotive recall and how it affects you, call our office at 800.637.8170 and our product liability lawyers would be happy to help you understand the process and the options that you have if you have suffered from the recall.