According to a Huffington Post report, the Ford Motor Company has issued a major recall for nearly half a million vehicles because of a pair of mechanical issues. The Michigan-based automaker is recalling 205,896 Mercury Monterey and Ford Freestar minivans made during 2004 and 2005 because the torque converter output shaft may potentially fail. If this occurs, there could be a sudden loss of power which could cause a dangerous automobile crash.
In addition, Ford is recalling more than 244,000 Escape SUVs made in model years 2001 and 2002. The reason for this recall is that the brake master cylinder reservoir cap could leak brake fluid, and if the fluid leaks, it could possibly corrode electrical connectors in the breaking system. This mechanical issue could lead to melting, smoke, or a fire.
Ford has stated that for both the SUV and minivan recalls, any affected owners will be informed and dealers will replace the parts at no cost. Escape owners will be notified by Ford starting the week of January 23, but because of a parts delay, they may not be able to fix all vehicles right away. In these cases, Ford will ask customers to park their SUV outside until the necessary parts become available.
Defective motor vehicles, including tires and any component parts, can kill or seriously injure unsuspecting drivers and passengers. A victim of an automobile defect has the right to seek compensation from any negligent parties, such as the manufacturer, if they have endured any personal injury as a result of a vehicle defect. The Waldorf product liability lawyers with the law firm of Alpert Schreyer have years of experience helping injury victims obtain compensation from at-fault parties responsible for accidents and injuries. Please call (844) 632-7274 for a free, confidential review of your case.