Your car is the way that you travel safely from place to place. You probably take every step you can think of to keep yourself and the people you ride with safe on the road. Unfortunately, there are things that are beyond your control.
You have no power over how other drivers behave before or during their time behind the wheel. You also have no control over mechanical issues or defects in your car that have yet to present any warning signs. This is particularly true for owners of newly purchased or leased late-model vehicles.
Although many people think of defective components primarily being an issue for older cars, it can be an issue with a brand new car that you just bought from the dealership. Defects in design as well as defective parts can play a role in the overall reduction of your vehicle's safety. A recent massive recall is a reminder to drivers that manufacturer mistakes can contribute to their overall risk on the road.
Ford recalls 1.2 million sport utility vehicles
Some defects are minor. They could result in issues like headlights burning out too quickly due to a bad wire. Other issues, such as defective airbags or problems with the major systems of a vehicle, could create an imminent danger for anyone driving or riding in a vehicle with those defective parts.
Ford is currently in the process of a massive recall involving 1.2 million vehicles. Issues with the suspension systems in these vehicles could result in a break in the toe link, which is part of the rear suspension in the vehicle. The suspension system affects everything from steering to balance in the vehicle.
There are currently about 1.2 million Ford Explorers produced between 2011 and 2017 that are subject to this recall. Ford will repair the issue at no cost to the owners who purchased an affected vehicle. At this time, there is only one crash reported as a result of the collision and no injuries.
People hurt by defective automobiles have rights under Tennessee law
It's a sad truth that even if you adhere to best practices behind the wheel and take care to maintain your vehicle properly, you could still wind up in a crash that causes extensive property damage or serious personal injuries. Although the accident report could list you at fault, if that fault relates to a failure of a defective component in your vehicle, you may not be the responsible party.
Instead, the components' manufacturer or the vehicle maker may be responsible. Sitting down to talk with a Kentucky personal injury attorney can help you make an informed decision about liability related to your injuries after a car crash in a vehicle involved in a major component recall.