Automobile recalls can affect everyone, from normal individuals to law enforcement officials. Recently, Ford Motor Company announced a recall that may affect both law enforcement officials and others throughout the United States.
Approximately 370,000 vehicles have been recalled in the United States and Canada. These vehicles include the Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Cars manufactured from 2005 until 2011. The defect is in the steering shaft and involves a corrosion potential which would cause a loss of steering. Although no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of the automobile defect, it poses significant danger to drivers of these vehicles sold in select states. Although Georgia is not included in the list of states that these recalled vehicles were manufactured in, Georgians may be affected if their vehicles were purchased elsewhere. Police officers are often assigned these vehicles in their line of work, which could result in police officers being unable to steer their vehicles. This poses the threat of serious automobile crashes.
In other states, there have been reports of law enforcement officials losing control of their vehicles while in squad cars. This new recall solves the mystery behind these cases. Although Georgia is not on the list of states included in the recall, Georgians that drive the vehicles included in the recall can ask for inspections and repairs from Ford as well.
Automobile defects are sometimes proven to be the cause of automobile crashes throughout the state of Georgia. In the event that injuries are caused in a crash caused by automobile defects, a personal injury lawsuit may be brought against the manufacturer. For this reason, companies like Ford release automobile recalls to attempt to fix any issues that may prove to cause an auto wreck.
If you or someone you know is injured in a crash that you believe was caused by a defect in a vehicle involved, it is important to contact an experienced Marietta injury attorney as soon as possible. This will allow for the attorney to determine whether the manufacturer is at fault so that the next step can be taken. For more information, contact Jones & Swanson at (770) 427-5498 today.