2014 and 2015 were not particularly good years for the auto industry in regards to product defects. During these years a number of high profile vehicle defects were announced to the public or continued to affect highway safety. In particular, the GM ignition switch defect and the Takata airbag defect were two of the biggest problems. However, other manufacturers also continued to grapple with rear fuel tank fires in their vehicles.
Unfortunately, new problems affecting an array of popular vehicles continue to be discovered. Recently both Ford and Nissan have announced major new recall efforts. Owners of vehicles produced by these companies are encouraged to proceed to National Highway traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) VIN look-up tool to determine if their vehicle is affected by a potentially dangerous defect that requires repair. If you were seriously hurt by a defective vehicle, call a Philadelphia car accident lawyer of The Reiff Law Firm.
Ford Announces 5 Safety Recalls Affecting Nearly 300,000 Vehicles
The first defect affects the majority of units – roughly 200,000 vehicles. The affected vehicles include the 2011 and 2012 editions of the F-150, the 2012 Ford Expedition and certain models of the Mustang and Expedition. The defect involves the vehicle transmission output speed senor. Certain problems with the transmission can cause the transmission to erroneously shift into first gear. If the downshift occurs, the driver can lose control of the vehicle as the rear wheels may lock up causing the vehicle to go into a slide.
The second defect affects over 80,000 units of the 2014 and 2015 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle. Here, poor welding is to blame for suspension problems that can manifest themselves in the form of broken suspension tow links. Problems caused by this defect can range from annoying scraping noises to a loss of vehicle control.
The third defect concerns just over 2,5000 units of the 2016 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck. More specifically, the defect in this case concerns the tires installed on these Super Duty pickups. Due to problems encountered during the manufacturing process, the tires installed n these units may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. Potential sidewall damage to these tires may cause rapid tire deflation and increase the likelihood of a loss of vehicle control.
The final defects affect a small number of vehicles. However, if your vehicle is one of the affected units, it is still essential that you seek repair and remedies offered under the recall. The fourth recall affects nearly 200 units of the 2007-2012 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable. The issue involved here is a second-stage deployment module that may fail. The fifth recall involves just 39 units of the 2016 Ford Fusion where faulty welding may cause the seat rack to become detached.
Nissan Announces Recall of More Than 3 Million Vehicles Due to Airbag Issues
While the Takata airbag issue is the most prolific current airbag recall, Nissan has announced a new recall affecting more than 3 million vehicles. The defect involves a small sensor used in vehicles that determines whether the passenger seat is occupied. The sensor ensures that the airbag is only activated when an adult is present in the seat. The problem is that the sensor was incorrectly programmed resulting in instances where it may detect an adult as a child or as an empty seat. This means that the vehicle airbag may fail to deploy when an adult is present. This can result in the seat occupant suffering significantly more severe injuries than the passenger would have incurred, had the airbag deployed.
Affected vehicles include the 2013-2017 Nissan vehicles: Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Sentra, Rogue, NV200 and NV Taxi. The airbag defect also affects the 2013-2017 Infiniti JX35/QX60 and Q50 and the 2015-2016 Chevrolet City Express.
Injured Due to a Vehicle Defect? Call a Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer today
While certain vehicle defects can make an accident more likely due to a loss of vehicle control, other defects can disable important safety features and exacerbate the injuries sustained in a crash or collision. If you or a loved one have suffered a life-altering injury due to a vehicle defect, the Takata airbag injury lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm may be able to fight for you. For more than three decades our lawyers have fought to hold manufacturers accountable for dangerous and defective products. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (215) 246-9000 today or contact us online.