Officials with Ford have recalled close to 500,000 vehicles because the fuel tanks have posed some serious fire risks amid hundreds of reported leaks. Included in this recall are 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Interceptor Utility and Interceptor Sedan, as well as the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ, according to CNN Money.
The company says that it isn't aware of any of these incidents sparking a fire as of yet, but has received close to 1,000 complaints about fuel leaking from the vehicles.
Our Costa Mesa car accident lawyers understand that the last recall involving Ford and a fuel leak urged drivers to stay out of the car until the problem was corrected. With this recent recall, not such instructions were issued.
On the other hand, we've got Chrysler Group, who isn't as willing to make the necessary recalls. As a matter of fact, CNN reports that the company is refusing to recall more than 2.5 million vehicles after safety officials have deemed unfit for the road.
The vehicles in question are the 1993 to 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Jeep Libertys.
The problem here, according to safety officials, is that the tank design is dangerous and serves up some serious risks for injuries (and even death) in the event of a collision. Chrysler officials say the design and placement of the gas tank is just the same as many other SUVs on the market and that the only time it serves a threat is when involved in a high-speed accident (which is the case for all vehicles, regardless of where the gas tank is located).
But safety officials aren't buying it. They're saying that there's a problem here and action needs to be taken now to prevent injuries and fatalities.
"The only way to prevent more fire deaths is for NHTSA to order a mandatory safety recall and require Chrysler to design an effective remedy," said Clarence Ditlow, the Center for Auto Safety's executive director, in a letter to the NHTSA.
The big question being thrown back and forth here is whether or not Chrysler is concerned about motorist safety of if the company is looking to avoid the costs of making a massive recall.
Either way, it's your responsibility to make sure that you're in the know with the latest vehicle and safety recalls. You can do this easily by heading over to SaferCar.gov. This website is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the nation's only agency authorized to conduct defect investigations and administer safety recalls on everything from vehicles and equipment to tires and child safety seats. You want to make sure that you're checking the list regularly to help to head off any problems before they catch you behind the wheel.
Contact Howard Law, PC today, if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident. Call today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. 1-800-872-5925.
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