Ford Motor Company has recalled almost 350,000 F-series pickups and Expeditions from the 2018 model year. Those vehicles might have a gear shift cable locking clip on the automatic transmission that is not fully seated. Drivers of those vehicles could exit their vehicle, believing that the vehicle is in park, when it actually is not, which could lead to rollaway vehicles. The recall covers 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks and 2018 Ford Expedition SUVs with 10-speed automatic transmissions.
Of the almost 350,000 vehicles that were recalled, almost 300,000 were sold in the U.S. and the rest were sold in Canada and Mexico. According to the company, Ford is aware of one reported accident and injury related to the issue. Dealers will inspect the recalled vehicles free of charge to ensure that the locking clips are properly installed. If they are not secure, the dealership will adjust the cable and reinstall the clip.
Fortunately, this recall was issued before more injuries occurred. Companies can be reluctant to issue recalls, particularly if a large number of products is involved. In some cases, companies become aware of issues with their products which have caused injuries and even deaths, and still refuse to issue a recall. In those situations, the company can be held liable for not only standard damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more, but also for punitive damages, which are intended to punish the wrongdoers.
If you have been injured by a consumer product, you should speak with a law firm that is experienced in handling product liability cases. You can recover compensation for your injuries from the company. Call the Houston product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about our firm on our Facebook page.