Ford Issues Recall for Nearly 500,000 Vehicles for Mechanical Issues

Posted On: January 20, 2012 under

The Ford Motor Company recently issued a sizeable recall for close to half a million minivans and SUVs for potential mechanical problems, according to The Huffington Post. The Michigan-based automaker is recalling a total of 205, 896 Mercury Monterey and Freestar minivans made during 2004 and 2005 because the torque converter output shaft may fail in the vehicles.

If this occurs, it could result in a sudden loss of power that could cause a dangerous automobile crash.

In addition, another recent Ford recall also includes 244,530 Escape SUVs made during model years 2001 and 2002. According to this report, the brake master cylinder reservoir cap could leak brake fluid, and if the fluid leaks, it may corrode the electrical connectors in the vehicle’s breaking system. This can lead to smoke, melting, or possibly even a fire.

For both the minivan and SUV recall, Ford will inform any affected owners and the vehicles can be taken to a dealership to have the parts replaced for free. However, due to a parts delay, Ford may not be able to immediately fix some of the Escapes though owners will receive the notification beginning the week of January 23. In these instances, Ford will instruct owners to park the SUV outside until the parts are available.

Defective motor vehicles, including tires and any vehicle parts, can kill or seriously injure unsuspecting drivers and passengers. An auto accident victim has the right to seek compensation from any negligent parties if he or she has endured any personal injury as a result of the vehicle defect. The auto product liability attorneys in Tennessee with Massey & Associates, P.C. are dedicated to helping those who have been affected by a defective motor vehicle obtain compensation for their injuries. Please call (423) 697-4529 for a free consultation.