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Rollaway Danger: Ford F-150, F-650, F-750, Ford Expedition

There are roughly 388,000 car and truck accidents in Florida every year, according to the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Many of these accidents are the result of driver negligence. But some crashes occur, despite the driver’s best efforts, because of a defect in the design or manufacture of the vehicle itself.

Some Ford Trucks Face Fifth Recall Notice in Less Than One Year

Although motor vehicles in general are safer now than at any point in history, that does not mean recently produced cars and trucks are free from defects. Indeed, Ford Motor Company recently announced a voluntary recall of more than 350,000 vehicles, including 2018 models of its popular F-150, F-650, F-750, and Expedition SUV lines. Ford is warning owners that these models have a defect that may cause the vehicle to roll away even when placed in “PARK” mode.

There actually appear to be two distinct-but-related recalls reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The first, identified as NHTSA Campaign No. 18V213000, states that affected vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmissions may be missing a “roll pin,” which “potentially” causes a loss of the park function. The second recall, NHTSA Campaign No. 18V214000, states the transmission is also missing a “gear shift cable clip,” which can lead to the driver to assume the vehicle is in park, when in fact it may “be in a different gear.”

The second recall is the more significant one, as it affects roughly 293,000 Ford vehicles in the United States and another 51,000 in Canada. The first recall only applies to about 160 vehicles in both countries. Ford said it started to send recall notices to individual owners in mid-April of this year. Owners should take their vehicles to their Ford dealer, which will install the missing cable locking clip if necessary.

It should be noted these are not the only recalls that have impacted recently produced Ford trucks. The NHTSA’s website reports at least three previous recalls applicable to the Ford F-150 alone dating back to last September. All three of these recalls also involved manufacturing defects that increased “the risk of crash or injury,” according to the NHTSA.

Here is the official list of recalled vehicles published by Ford:

  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, Jan. 5, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018;
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, Jan. 25, 2017 to Feb. 16, 2018;
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, April 3, 2017 to Jan. 30, 2018; and
  • 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant, April 25, 2017 to March 9, 2018.

If you still have questions about whether your Ford vehicle is part of this recall, you should contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

Contact a Miami Car Accident Lawyer Today

Many accident victims do not realize that their injuries may be the result of a defective car or truck. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced Miami personal injury attorney following an accident. Contact the offices of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum Bluestein, LLP, at (305)-371-2692 or visit us online, if you are an accident victim who needs legal advice or assistance today.