In an attempt to protect consumers from dangerous or potentially dangerous products, Ford Motor Company recalled more than 31,000 vehicles on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 due to the risk of possible fuel leak and electrical issues according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website. Ford recalled 23,688 Ford Rangers stating that the protective layer of the engine line fuel line near the throttle body shield may not be properly installed. It was stated that this could eventually lead to a fuel leak but Ford stated it was not aware of any fires related to this problem.
In a separate recall notice, Ford stated it would recall 88,022 spanning 7 models from the model year 2011 because the electrical system may short and prompt fires. The models affected by the recall include Ford Edge Crossover, Lincoln MKX, and the F series line of pickup trucks F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550. Consumers have the right to expect that the products they purchase are safe for use or consumption. Getting in a car accident is dangerous enough without having to worry about the possibility of your car being engulfed in flames due to a design defect. Fuel fed fires due to design or manufacturing defects are a real danger and often can do more harm than the actual crash.
The Pennsylvania fuel fed fire lawyers, automotive defect, and product liability lawyers of Reiff & Bily have been researching and handling numerous automobile defect design cases since 1979. The National Fire Protection Association reported that during 2004 fire departments responded to an estimated 266,500 highway type vehicle fires which claimed 520 lives and cost almost a billion dollars in direct property damage. Ford hit the headlines originally with fuel fed fires with Ford Pinto litigation. The Ford Pinto defect was in the design of a strap on the gas tank that made it susceptible to leakage and fire in a low to moderate speed collisions. We salute Ford’s effort in recall the vehicles in the March 2nd notice. The best way to prevent a fuel fed fire is to make sure the vehicle is inspected. Some of the causes of fuel fed or crash fires are poorly placed gas tanks, unshielded fuel systems, faulty wiring such as ignition system wires and other electrical system wiring which can short out and spark, fluid leaks from damaged fuel lines, hoses, caps, and filters, or exhaust system fires resulting from improperly installed muffler and exhaust systems. A car crash is not always necessary to cause a fire and the majority of fuel fed fires by poor manufacturing or car and truck design defects. These defects include filter cap neck separation, fuel fire from an added fuel tank that is not protected, fuel line tearing or separation of the fuel line from the carburetor, fuel pump, or fuel tank, fuel tank placement over the trunk floor, lack of barrier or shield to prevent a fuel tank rupture, lack of a fuel cutoff tank, lack of anti-syphoning device to prevent continued gas flows after a collision, puncture of a fuel tank because of poor design, protruding screw or object, or seam weld failure in the fuel tank.
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Electrical Issues, Fuel Leak Risks, And Possibility Of Fires Prompt Another Ford Recall-Experienced Product Liability Lawyer Salutes Ford