Ford recently announced the recall of nearly 423,000 automobiles at the behest of U.S. regulators. The automaker says that defects regarding the automatic steering systems installed in number of their vehicles have already caused four car wrecks. However, the automaker has not admitted to any injuries being caused by the defects.
The recall affects a number of Ford models sold in Tennessee and throughout all of North America. The affected models include the Mercury Milan, Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKS, Taurus and Flex. The affected automobiles were manufactured between 2011 to 2013, depending on the model.
Ford says that the issue relates to an electrical problem that can short circuit and completely deactivate the automatic steering systems. Although the cars can still be maneuvered without the power steering enabled, it is much harder to turn the steering wheel, and it could cause the affected car to lose control, resulting in a crash. Owners of vehicles included in the recall can take their cars into a local dealership to get the problem fixed; this involves having a new steering gear and/or new software installed.
It is vital for the safety of every driver, passenger and pedestrian on Tennessee roads for the owners of vehicles affected by an auto recall to get the defects fixed immediately. Sharing the road with dangerous and defective cars increases the chances of individuals getting hurt or killed by a defect-related accident. Furthermore, if the owners of defective automobiles knowingly fail to get their cars fixed, and deadly or injurious car wrecks happen as a result, the victims may have a strong case to file claims for financial restitution against the negligent owner of the vehicle.
Source: ABC News, "Ford Recalls Nearly 423K Vehicles for Power Steering Problem", May 27, 2015