At Alpert Schreyer, our Prince George’s County auto defect injury lawyers understand the serious problems caused by a continually defective vehicle. Ford Motor Company has recently issued a recall affecting both Escape and Fusion vehicles, making this the 4th recall for the Escape this year and the second for the Fusion this week. As released through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a total of 80,057 vehicles are being recalled for engine fire dangers and 19,106 Ford Fusion vehicles have been recalled for a headlight problem.
The larger of the two recalls affects the 2013 Ford Escape Crossover and Fusion Sedan and the EcoBoost turbocharged engine. As reported by Reuters, Ford has claimed that a glitch in the vehicles’ software that monitors the cooling systems prevents the vehicle from being able to handle a loss of pressure. This can cause fluid to leak from the cooling system, which may come in contact with hot engine parts and lead to an engine fire. Two of the previous recalls of 2013 Ford Escape vehicles were also for problems affecting the engine.
The second recall, affecting only 2013 Fusions, is due to the vehicles not conforming to the requirements provided by Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, covering “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.” The vehicles’ improperly cured coating of low beam headlamp projectors can lead the headlights to become hazy and reduce the brightness of the low-beam lamp. Ford is expected to contact owners of all recalled vehicles and begin fixing the defects in December.
For more information on how we may be able to help you if you or a loved one has been injured due to a vehicle defect, contact the legal team at Alpert Schreyer at (866) 444-6363.