Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 150,000 F-150 pickup trucks model years 2005-2006 due to the risk of air bags deploying without warning. According to a Daily Finance article, the air bag defect has caused dozens of injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reportedly requested that Ford recall 1.3 million F-150 pickups from the 2004-2006 model years after receiving complaints from dozens of consumers about unintentional air bag deployment causing injury. The agency is currently evaluating the recall to determine if it is too limited.
The NHTSA investigation of the Ford F-Series pickup trucks, which has been continuing since September 2009, revealed that air bag deployment without warning has led to injuries that included chipped and broken teeth; cuts to the arm, hand, and face; lacerations; minor burns; and two owners reported loss of consciousness.
Ford had originally resisted recalling the pickup trucks, claiming the number of incidents was low and injuries were minor. The automaker also believed that consumers were given proper warning with an illuminated air bag warning light that informs motorists that the vehicle should be serviced.
The Ford pickup truck recall is expected to start in the beginning of March and consumers will be notified about going to their dealer for repairs.
Air bags are an important vehicle component in ensuring the safety of vehicle occupants if an accident occurs. Air bag design and manufacture is expected to be efficient and thorough to make sure that air bags do not deploy unexpectedly or at greater speeds than what is determined to be safe. Defective air bags can cause vehicle occupants to suffer severe injury or death. If an air bag defect is determined to be the cause of an accident or vehicle occupant injury or death, automakers can be held liable.
At Anapol Weiss, our Philadelphia air bag defect lawyers have years of experience protecting the rights of individuals injured and family members of those killed because of defective auto parts. We are committed to ensuring that injury victims receive the compensation they deserve from negligent parties so that they can move on with their lives and receive the medical care they need. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact our firm for a free consultation. Call 1-866-735-2792 today.