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Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles

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Ford Brakes May Fail; U.S. Authorities Probe 475,000 Vehicles

Before the start of 2017 the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation over concerns that some Ford brakes could suddenly stop working. At the time of the announcement consumers had filed 141 complaints that their brake pedals went “soft,” allowing them to push the pedal all the way to the floor with little to no response.  Model years 2007 to 2009 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans are now being probed by the NHTSA, which could affect an estimated 474,862 vehicles still on the road.

Authorities have connected three crashes to the faulty brakes in question, but so far no injuries have been reported. However, several reported incidents allegedly resulted in drivers being unable to stop their cars from rolling through red lights and stop signs. The NHTSA said in a statement that the brakes may stop working as a result of going over uneven surfaces or while driving in wet weather conditions.

Not Ford’s First Probe

This is not the first probe into Ford Fusion or Mercury Milan sedans (the Milan was discontinued in 2011). Both models were included in the nearly 2 million Ford vehicles recalled because they were equipped with the fatally hazardous Takata airbag inflators that affected nearly every major automaker in the world. And earlier in December 2016 some 680,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles assembled from 2012 to 2016 were recalled over faulty seatbelt pretensioners that malfunctioned in hot climates leading to at least two injuries.

The Ford Motor Company told reporters that they are fully cooperating with authorities while the NHTSA works to “assess the scope, frequency, and safety-related consequence of the alleged defect.” The next step for regulators would be to recreate a test crash in their lab before deciding whether or not to issue a recall.

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The Takata Airbag Defect: What Florida’s Consumer Advocates Need to Know. – William C. Ourand, Esq.

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Florida is the “epicenter” of the Takata airbag debacle which has resulted in the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that the severe injuries and deaths will continue into the foreseeable future. The roadways remain flooded with millions of vehicles which may still be equipped with the potentially lethal airbags. Moreover, […]

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Ford Recalls 465,000 Vehicles Due to Fuel Tank Leaks

In March, Ford Motor Co. announced the recall of 3,500 vehicles due to the possibility of a dangerous fuel tank leak. The recall involved certain Ford Taurus, Ford Explorer, and Lincoln MKS models. An improperly molded seam could break and cause a fuel leak, which may lead to a fire. At the time of the recall, Ford had received at least six reports of tanks with fuel odors or leaks.

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Ford Recalling 3,500 Vehicles After Reports Of Dangerous Fuel Tank Leak

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NHTSA Announces Investigation Of An Estimated 724,982 Ford Vehicles After More Than 1,400 ‘Limp Mode’ Complaints

As automobiles become more sophisticated with more intricate and advanced computer systems, they also become more susceptible to serious concerns regarding system errors and failures. One such error that many people may be unaware of is “limp mode,” which occurs when a car’s computer system detects a problem with the logic patterns that are sent in the engine. Should a strange logic pattern be detected, the computer will generally shut down the source of the problem.

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Ford Announces Yet Another Recall, This Time Over Faulty Fusion Headlights

For the second time in two weeks, Ford Motor Co. has announced a recall involving the 2013 Ford Fusion. This latest news actually marks the sixth recall by Ford since July, as some of the company’s most popular vehicles have featured manufacturing defects and other serious problems that have affected hundreds of thousands of American drivers. This time, Ford is recalling approximately 19,000 vehicles because of a manufacturing defect involving the headlights.

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Ford Recalls 154,604 Fiesta Vehicles for Failure to Meet Airbag Standards

When people think about airbag safety in their automobiles, they generally think of that giant balloon that comes from the steering wheel and above the glove compartment. Front airbags are crucial in saving lives in automobile accidents, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the supplemental safety devices saved more than 25,000 lives in the United States between 1987 and 2008. But last year the NHTSA also declared that more needed to be done in regard to side curtain airbags.

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Ford and Mazda Recall Over 605,600 SUVs

Ford Motor Company is recalling 484,600 Ford Escape SUVs from the 2002-2004 model years. Approximately 423,634 of the affected Ford Escape SUVs are in the United States. There are also an estimated 35,000 defective Ford Escape SUVs in Canada, 19,000 in Mexico, 4,500 in Europe, and 4,300 in other areas around the globe.

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