Lawsuits Filed Against Ford over Faulty Braking Systems in F-150 Pickups
Over two years ago, Ford issued a safety recall for faulty braking systems in F-150 pickups. The recall affected about 271,000 pickups. The recall was not the end of the matter. In recent months, lawyers have filed lawsuits against Ford Motor Company claiming the defect may have resulted in injuries.
Ford is accused of an inadequate recall that failed to address this potentially life-threatening defect. It is accused of continuing to sell pick-ups with the defect post-recall. A nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed against Ford Motor Company in the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Michigan.
In early 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began a preliminary evaluation of reports of brake fluid leaking out of the master cylinder in 2013-2014 Ford F-150 models with 3.5-liter engines.
Ford admitted a master cylinder defect in its most popular pick-up. The Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall to address the loss of the front brake circuit function in 2013-2014 Ford F-150’s, specifically trucks with the F-150 3.5 liter “EcoBoost Engine” manufactured between Aug. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014.
The adequacy of that recall is being questioned by lawyers whose clients were involved in accidents in Ford-150s. The recall in 2016 appears to have failed to address all affected models from 2013- 2014 F-150s or any vehicle from years 2015-2018. These trucks have the same type of master cylinder as the recall vehicles.
Injury lawyers also claim the replacement under the recall is for a master cylinder identical to the suspect device.
Ford is accused of continuing to sell hundreds of thousands of F-150s despite knowing they have dangerously unreliable master cylinders.
The defect impacts front brake circuits that are responsible for 75 percent of a vehicle’s stopping power. The loss of a truck’s stopping power is a clear safety hazard that may be linked to serious injuries and deaths.
We are extremely concerned about reports of faulty braking systems in F-150 pickups.
Earlier this month, Ford recalled about 2 million F-150s over reports a faulty seatbelt device posed a fire risk.
The device in question is known as a pretensioner. It uses an explosive charge to lock the vehicle’s seat belt in place. An issue with the device means it could generate excessive sparks and cause fires.
Ford’s recall covers 2015-2018 Ford F-150 SuperCrew Cab and Regular Cab vehicles across North America. The second largest car manufacturer in the United States recalled approximately 1.62 million U.S. vehicles, 340,000 in Canada and 37,000 in Mexico.
When Have Car Defects Caused Deaths and Injuries?
In recent years, hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries have been caused to motorists from defects in automobiles. In these cases, injured drivers or the families of deceased motorists have grounds to file a lawsuit against a manufacturer.
The recent recall of vehicles with hazardous Takata airbags was one of the biggest in the history of the car industry. It is ongoing.
The NHTSA reports tens of millions of vehicles are under recall. Long-term exposure of airbags to high heat and humidity can cause them to explode when deployed. These explosions have caused injuries and deaths.
More than 20 deaths and many more injuries are linked to these airbags. Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to cause a small explosion that inflates airbags in a crash. However, the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and humidity, and burn too fast, blowing apart the metal canister and sending shrapnel into drivers and passengers.
More than 100 deaths were linked to a faulty ignition switch on certain smaller General Motors cars. The defect was linked to a sudden loss of power. This serious defect caused many accidents.
The defect resulted in the recall of about 2.6 million GM cars worldwide. High profile attorney Kenneth Feinberg was appointed to oversee claims. His office rejected 91 percent of the 4,343 claims filed, reported Fortune.com.
We expect cars to protect us rather than harm us. However, the massive recalls over the last few years suggest the automobile industry has a long way to go to manufacture safe cars. If you have been hurt in an accident in a Ford F-150 pickup truck in model year 2013-2018 model year Ford F-150s involving brake failure or abnormal brake behavior, call our Virginia defective products legal team today for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.