Ford recently issued a recall of over 600,000 vehicles because of failing seat belts. Some Ford Fusions (model years 2013 through 2016), Ford Mondeos (model years 2015 through 2016), and Lincoln MKZs (model years 2013 through 2015) are among the vehicles being recalled.
The problem arises from defective seat belt anchor pre-tensioners, which can overheat and may cause the cable to snap during deployment in an accident. If the cable snaps, a vehicle’s driver or passenger may not be restrained, which may cause injuries. Ford has thus far linked at least two injuries and two accidents to the defective seat belts. Ford is expected to notify vehicle owners if their vehicle has been recalled. As part of the recall, the cables will be injected with a coating which will insulate the cables from heat and will prevent breakage.
Fortunately, no deaths have been attributed to this vehicle defect. In some cases, vehicle defects can cause serious injuries and even deaths. What’s even worse is that in many cases automobile manufacturers are aware of serious defects with their vehicles, but choose not to issue a recall because of the expenses and negative publicity involved. Unfortunately, automobile recalls are often only issued if the automobile manufacturer decides if it is profitable to do so, or if a government regulatory agency steps in and requires the recall.
Being involved in an accident with a serious injury changes the lives of the accident victim. The victim may be left with astronomical medical expenses, and may be prevented from working. They may never fully recover, and could require medical treatment for the rest of their lives. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and you have been in an automobile accident because of a defect with the vehicle, call the Dallas automobile accident attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.