In January of this year, Ford recalled more than 244,000 Escape SUVs made during the 2001 and 2002 model years because their brake master cylinder reservoir cap had the potential leak brake fluid, which, in turn, corroded electrical connectors in the vehicle’s braking system and possibly led to a fire under the hood of the car.
But that wasn’t the end of Ford’s problems with the Escape.
According to a recent report by MSNBC, Ford is now recalling the 2013 Escape to fix engine plugs that could leak coolant. This marks the third time that the new Escape has been recalled since it went on sale earlier this year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford says 6,146 vehicles with that engine will be recalled in the U.S., out of about 7,600 worldwide.
The Ford Motor Company is a multinational automobile-manufacturing corporation that produces the Ford and Lincoln brands, as well as owns stakes in Mazda, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo. The company is the fifth-largest automaker in the world, and reported global revenues of $118.3 billion in 2009.
When a company, such as an auto-maker, manufactures a product to be marketed to the public, that company is responsible for ensuring the safety of those products. There are three main types of Illinois product liability claims: manufacturing defects, which generally occur when an otherwise safe product is assembled carelessly; design defects, which occur when, no matter how well the product is put together, the intent or layout is inherently dangerous; and failures to warn, which can occur when companies market a product that they know to be potentially hazardous, and fail to warn consumers of the latent danger. This particular recall is a prime example of a manufacturing defect; whether put together improperly, or built with faulty parts, Ford may be held legally responsible for damages that arise when injuries occur as a result of their negligence. If any of the individuals who own these models of vehicles are injured because Ford’s products are defective, Ford could potentially be on the line for a lot of money.
Our attorneys want people to be especially cautious. If you have one of these types of vehicles, it is best not to drive it until it has been inspected or repaired by a licensed Ford dealer.
We are particularly proud of the changes that our attorneys’ efforts have brought in the area of product liability. In many instances, they have not only recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients, but also helped to ensure that the defective product was removed from the market and prevented from causing any further pain, suffering, and damage.
If you have had an incident with a product that caused an injury, or are the survivor of someone who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, it’s important that you know your rights under the law.