Ford Motor Issued a Recall for 350,000 Vehicles, due to a defect that may lead to Dangerous Rollaway Accidents
The Ford motor company has recalled nearly 350,000 F-series pickup trucks, as well as Expeditions from 2018, the majority sold in North America. The defective Vehicles may have a faulty automatic transmission gear shift cable locking clip that is not fully seated.
Dangers arise when drivers can potentially exit a vehicle believing the vehicle is in park when in reality the vehicle is still engaged in Drive, creating a risk for rollaway accidents and a risk for serious injuries.
The Ford recall covers models including 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, and 2018 Ford Expedition SUVs. The SUVs are equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford motor issued a second recall affecting transmissions that remain in park. The second recall is much smaller, however affects certain models including F-150 trucks, Expedition SUVs, Mustangs and 2018 Lincoln Navigators.
Of almost 350,000 vehicles in the recall, 290,000 were sold in the United States. The 2018 Ford Expeditions were built at a Kentucky Truck plant in April 2017. The F-650 and F-750 vehicles were built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from April 2017 to March 2018.
Ford has acknowledged an unseated locking clip in certain vehicles. The gear shift lever may incorrectly indicate the transmission is in park. It is possible that a driver can turn off the ignition and leave the vehicle without realizing the vehicle is not in park. The primary issue with the second recall is vehicles are potentially defective with a transmission case with a missing roll pin.
Rollaway Accidents & Auto Defect Lawsuits
In 2016, Fiat Chrysler automobiles experienced a similar recall issue with Jeep Grand Cherokees, Chrysler 300s, and Dodge Chargers. The Fiat Chrysler recall problem involved a transmission shifter position. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Website lists information for the 2016 recall as well as the recent 2018 Ford motor recall.
Joseph Lyon is a highly-rated product liability attorney in Cincinnati, Ohio, engaging auto makers in personal injury suits involving defective Auto Parts. Contact The Lyon Firm for a free consultation at 800 513-2403. You will speak to Mr. Lyon and discuss specific injuries caused by Ford Motors’ defective vehicles and their potential for rollaway accidents.