423,000 Vehicles Recalled by Ford for Power Steering Issue
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on May 28, 2015 in Product Recalls
Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday that it is recalling 423,000 vehicles for a power steering problem that has been under investigation by regulators since last fall.
The recall includes a number of vehicles in which the power steering can switch to the manual mode, making the vehicle extremely difficult to steer and increasing the risk for accidents.
The car defect attorneys at Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula and Dentice have been closely following the developments with this issue and are ready to help if you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective Ford vehicle. Call today to see if you have a case.
The recall includes:
- 2011-13 Ford Taurus and Flex
- 2011-13 Lincoln MKS and MKT
- 2011-12 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ
- 2011 Mercury Milan
According to Ford, an intermittent electrical connection in the steering gear could potentially disable the power steering functions and shift the vehicle into manual mode. This makes the vehicle significantly more difficult to steer and control, especially at slower speeds.
Ford has said that it is aware of four accidents that are linked to the issue but has received no reports of any injuries as a result of the defect.
However, documents filed with regulators reference reports from dealers and insurance companies of more than 30 incidents of vehicles hitting, poles, curbs, guardrails and other objects because of locked steering. Some owners have even complained of sore backs and shoulders from trying to steer.
If your power steering goes out and causes an accident or if you are involved in an accident from another vehicles loss of steering, contact our auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation.
If you have been injured as a result of a defective product, you may be eligible for compensation. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you hold the manufacturer accountable for its negligence.