Anytime there is a nationwide car recall, there is a lot of information the public doesn’t receive. Frequently, car manufacturers will underreport injury-causing incidents to improve safety statistics. However, a widespread vehicle recall probably means that there are real safety hazards for drivers across the country. Sometimes people are unaware that their injuries were caused by these hazards. Here, lawyers from The Reiff Law Firm provide a brief analysis of the most recent Ford recall of 1.5 million vehicles, including Lincoln Continentals, due to defective doors.
If you or someone you know had a door suddenly fly open while driving a Lincoln Continental, causing an accident, you should contact an attorney who can help you seek compensation for injuries. Talk to one of our experienced attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm to learn more information about your legal options. Call us at (215) 791-8939 to learn more about how we can assist you.
What You Need to Know About the Whiplash-Related Lincoln Recall
As experienced car injury attorneys, we are concerned about the recent recall of Ford Lincoln Continentals over unintended door openings. While there are no official accidents reported as part of the recall, there is reason to worry that injuries caused by this problem have not been recognized as such.
Lincoln Continentals are considered Ford’s flagship car. This line of Lincolns even earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) award. However, the recent recall raises questions regarding the true level of safety in the Lincoln Continental. Approximately 27,609 cars made from 2017 through 2019 were recalled after the National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) revealed a faulty door latch motor might prevent the doors from shutting entirely.
This recall is serious because Ford reports that 100% of the cars have defective latches due to silicon contamination. The report says that the defective cars were assembled at the Flatrock plant between November 30, 2015, and November 14, 2018. One of the problems with cars made over such a long period of time is that many are resold, and new owners may not receive the information needed to fix the problem in time to avoid an accident.
This is not the first recent recall Ford has been compelled to issue due to defective doors. In 2018, the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs were recalled due to faulty door assembly that used bolts that were 5 millimeters too short, creating a risk of doors opening in the event of an accident.
How Defective Lincoln Continental Doors Are Causing Whiplash and Other Serious Injuries
When a door opens suddenly, whiplash can occur in multiple ways. The most common reason is that you lose control over your vehicle. Whiplash is an injury that tends to occur as a result of a forceful back-and-forth movement of the head. Whiplash can leave you with multiple ailments that will require rehabilitation such as:
- Neck pain and a lack of mobility
- Neck stiffness and loss of sensation
- Chronic pain associated with neck and head movement
- Chronic headaches and skull pain
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Memory and cognitive problems
Whiplash is one of the many serious and unpredictable medical ailments you can experience after your Lincoln’s door opens suddenly while you’re driving. There is a wide variety of types of injuries that can occur as a result of the recent Lincoln Continental recall.
A compromised door latch can have multiple consequences at the time of a collision. A grave risk is the possibility of flying out of the car on impact because the doors are open. This risk appears in many car accidents when a door has a defect that increases the possibility of being thrown from the vehicle. If this happens, you can file a negligence lawsuit against the car manufacturer for failure to prevent such perilous manufacturing defect.
Liability When Lincoln Continentals’ Doors Open
Accidents due to car doors opening into traffic present multiple questions about liability; you can suffer an accident and also cause accidents involving other motorists. For example, as the car swerves into an adjacent lane, and the door can hit other vehicles.
For anyone driving nearby, you may seem irresponsible—and even reckless—for allowing a door to open suddenly while in a moving car. Though you may face a complicated legal situation, an experienced attorney can assist you in establishing that the reason the door flew open was a manufacturing defect.
Having handled thousands of car accident injuries for over 35 years, we know well how cases of defective car parts can become complicated. Looking back at the notorious car recalls – such as the 1996 General Motors car accidents caused by defective door latches – we are keenly aware of the importance of proactive and skilled lawyering in these negligence lawsuits.
We are also experienced in accident reconstruction analysis and can retain respectable experts in this field. A door susceptible to silicon contamination may not show problems consistently. This can confuse motorists as to the severity of a problem they may have.
Seek Experienced Lawyers for Your Ford Lincoln Car Accident
If you are concerned about an accident suffered by you or someone you know, call the Reiff Law Firm today at (215) 515-8351 to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers. Even if you are uncertain whether your accident is a result of a faulty door latch, our experience working in this field gives us the insight to help many of our clients find the answers they need.