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Ford Recalls 500,000 Dangerous, Defective Automobiles

Illinois product liability law is an area of Illinois personal injury law that is triggered when a consumer is harmed by a dangerous or defective product.

This past Wednesday, the Ford Motor Company released a statement saying that it is recalling nearly 500,000 minivans and SUVs due to mechanical issues in the automobiles.

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; production of the Mercury brand was discontinued after the 2011 model year. The company is the fifth-largest automaker in the world, and reported global revenues of $118.3 billion in 2009.

According to a report published by MSNBC, the American automaker is recalling 205,896 Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans made during the 2004 and 2005 model years because their torque converter output shaft may fail, causing the automobile to have a sudden loss of power, which could potentially cause the vehicle to crash.

Additionally, Ford is retracting 244,530 Escape SUVs made during the 2001 and 2002 model years because their brake master cylinder reservoir cap could leak brake fluid; when that happens, if brake fluid leaks, it could corrode electrical connectors in the vehicle’s braking system and possibly lead to a fire.

Corporations owe a duty of care to consumers. When they put products on the market that harm customers, those companies may be held legally responsible for damages from those injuries. 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.

Ford has stated that with both sets of recalls, they plan to inform owners, and have dealers replace the defective parts for free, but, because of a parts delay Ford may not be able to fix some of the dangerous Escape models immediately.

Our Illinois personal injury 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 Chicago personal injury 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.