May 29 , 2019 | Personal Injury
We buy and consume products frequently in our lives. We expect the products that we buy and consume to be safe for our use and consumption, but sometimes the products we use can cause potential risks to our health and safety. When this occurs, it is common for the company that makes the product to issue a recall to inform consumers of the potential hazard. Recently, the automaker, Ford, has expanded a recall that it issued previously.
Ford has added 270,000 vehicles in North America to a recall. The recall comes after the discovery of a problem with the gearshift which can cause the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly. The problem is caused when a bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission degrades. If the cable degrades it can detach. If the cable degrades, the driver could believe that they have shifted the vehicle into park, but the vehicle could actually be in another gear. If the vehicle is in another gear, it could potentially roll, which could lead to injuries and property damage.
The vehicles that have been added to the recall are certain 2013 through 2016 Fusion midsize cars which have 2.5 liter engines. Previously, Ford recalled 550,000 Fusions with model years 2013 through 2016 and Escape SUVs from 2013 and 2014 for the same problem.
At this point, Ford has received one report of an injury stemming from the problem and three property damage reports. Ford’s engineers are currently working towards developing a way to fix the problem. The company states that owners of the vehicles included in the recall will be notified when repairs and parts are ready. Owners of the cars that were previously recalled are not affected by these new additions to the recall. The company states that owners of the recalled vehicles should always use their parking brake when they park until repairs are made.