Ford Motor Company (Ford) released a report July 8, 2015 recalling 432,096 of its vehicles because of an engine defect. The 2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured between April 1, 2014 and June 12, 2015, 2015, the Ford Focus vehicles manufactured between June 17, 2014 and June 12, 2015, and the 2015 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured between April 22, 2015 and June 12, 2015 fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) requirements in the “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention” section. Specifically, the engine defect in these vehicles causes the cars to continue running after the key is removed or the start/stop button is switched off.
Although some defects are harmless, this defect increases the risk of a crash. If the engine continues to run unexpectedly, someone could accidentally move the transmission shifter out of park causing the car to move and injure someone. Car manufacturers have the duty of making safe products and promptly notifying buyers upon the discovery of defects. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect at this time, however, they can be held financially liable if any injuries result.
Common vehicle defects include:
•· Seat Belt Defects
•· Brake Malfunction
•· Tire Defects
•· Air Bag Deploy Defects
•· Steering Malfunctions
If you have experienced injuries resulting from a defect in your vehicle, the manufacturer could be held financially liable.
Benny Agosto, Jr. is a partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in Houston, Texas. For over 65 years, Abraham Watkins has successfully represented injured people and families who fall victim to catastrophes. Our attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to obtain just compensation their clients. For more information, please contact the office of Benny Agosto, Jr. at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, by letter at 800 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002, or by phone at (713) 222-7211.