The Ford Motor Company has issued a recall on many of their model cars; SUV’s and trucks this past Wednesday. There are five major safety concerns that are affecting approximately 300,000 vehicles. This action to alert the public is to make all vehicle owners aware of potential safety hazards.
Some of the issues with various vehicles are listed below. There is a potential hazard with the speed sensor including a suspension-system flaw which, “Under certain conditions, the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear,” the news release says. ” Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up.” The rear suspension toe links can break and with the breakage could cause steering to be difficult.
Other vehicles have experienced problems with explosive air bag inflators and other air bags may not deploy with adequate force. It has also been reported that some vehicles have improperly welded, driver’s-seat mountings brackets. A few of the other issues, alerting this recall are a potential flaw in the rear seat belt latches, faulty parking breaks, damage to tire sidewalls and a faulty engine block heaters that could pose the possible risk of fire.
To find out if there are recall notices on your vehicle, you can simply enter the vehicle identification number on the Ford field service actions page or the NHTSA’s Vin look up page to learn what if any issues are listed that can affect your vehicle. All Ford car owners that are affected should receive a notice from the company if their vehicle is affected by the recall as an added safety precaution. The majority of vehicles affected by the recall range from 2011-2012; there are, however, many newer model vehicles also contained in the recall. It is best to check your vehicle identification number in the pages listed above to ease any worries consumers may have and to arrange for any parts to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible so everyone is safe while driving.