A recall was issued on some Ford trucks in 2013. Last week, safety regulators announced that they were going to revisit that recall to determine whether it should be expanded. This is an unusual step which was taken a week after the nation's top auto regulator warned automakers he would be more vigilant on safety.
The original recall of the Ford trucks was limited to 3,000 trucks that were used as ambulances. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has now told Ford that it is investigating whether the recall should be vastly expanded to include almost 197,000 more pickups that have similar engines but are not used as ambulances. There is a question of whether these vehicles have faulty sensors - the agency has received 30 complaints from drivers who had a sudden loss in power while driving.
Earlier this month, the newly appointed head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told reporters at the annual auto show in Detroit that the number of auto recalls in 2015 could surpass 60 million, which was a record high set last year. The agency expects automakers to be more aggressive in their recalls than in previous years.
The NHTSA is determined to be more proactive than in previous years as well. It levied a record $70 million penalty against Honda for failing to report over 1,700 injury or death claims. The agency is also going to put a greater focus on examining consumer complaints to identify potential defects. Consumer complaints have jumped in recent years from 45,000 to 75,000.
Making driver safety a priority for the NHTSA is a positive step, as is holding automakers accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured because of a defect with an automobile, you can hold the automaker legally liable for your damages. Call the Houston defective automobile attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493 to learn more about how we can help. You can also visit us on Twitter.