When you purchase a vehicle, you expect the manufacturer to keep you and your family's safety a top priority. This means selling you a product free of vehicle defects so you can travel as safely as possible on Missouri roadways.
Federally regulated agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), take this seriously, too. This means when you purchase a car with a vehicle defect that ends up causing you or your loved one's harm, you may have the right to file a Missouri product liability claim.
While you may not constantly worry about whether your car has a vehicle defect, certain events, such as the February 2011 Ford truck recalls may bring this problem to light. It was during this time Ford Motor Co. announced thousands of Ford truck recalls, from the Ranger to the MKX crossover, for issues from fuel line vehicle defects to electrical shortages.
Vehicles Involved in the Recent Ford Truck Recalls
A number of vehicles were affected by the Ford truck recalls, which were initially made public in a letter dated February 25, 2011 from the Ford Motor Co. to the U.S. DOT and NHTSA.
According to the letters, no incidents or injuries have been reported as of yet but the recall is being done as a precautionary measure.
In one of the issues, 23,688 2010 Ford Rangers were recalled because of improperly installed engine fuel lines. This vehicle could eventually cause a fuel leak and the risk of fire, which could potentially lead to a Missouri product liability claim.
A separate letter details the Ford truck recalls that impact 8,022 vehicles, which impact several 2011 Ford models, including:
- F-550; and
- Lincoln MKX.
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These models could develop an electrical short that could eventually lead to a vehicle fire.
Regardless of the model year, when you are injured in an accident caused by vehicle defects, you shouldn't have to shoulder the financial and emotional burden. Since filing a Missouri product liability claim can be complicated, not to mention overwhelming, when trying to go up against major auto manufacturers, you'll want the help of a St. Louis product liability attorney, who has experience in this area of law.