Cagle Law Firm
Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on July 16th, 2012,
by Zane Cagle

Posted on July 16th, 2012 by Zane Cagle

Ford Issues Recall of Escape

Ford is issuing a recall of 8,300 2013 Escapes due to an issue with the interior carpeting blocking the brake pedal.  The carpet may be misplaced and obstruct the driver’s foot as attempt to slow or stop the vehicle.  This creates longer stopping times and could create a potential danger, essentially if a person must attempt to stop the vehicle suddenly.  Owners who have a vehicle affected by this recall can return their vehicle to the dealership, where the carpet will be re-installed at no cost. See  this particular recall summary

If you are a Ford Escape owner and are unsure if your vehicle is on the 8,300 being recalled (Ford sold over 28,000 of these vehicles last month, so not all vehicles are affected) the federal government has a website listing recall information: www.safercar.gov.  Here, a consumer can pull up the make and model of a particular vehicle and find any other complaints other owners may have had.  For instance, this 2013 Ford Escape has two owners who complain that the brake and accelerator are too close together.  These people report that their shoe gets caught on the brake pedal as they attempt to lift their foot off the accelerator.  While this is not subject to the recall, Escape owners should keep this in mind and pay careful attention if they find they are having trouble moving between pedals without obstruction.

As of July 12, there have been 327 reported “voluntary” recalls of various cars for various reasons, ranging from faulty brakes to faulty gas caps that can cause fires in an accident to design flaws don’t meet government safety standards (while they are called “voluntary” recalls, they are only voluntary in the sense that if the manufacturer doesn’t remedy the flaw, they will face stiff civil penalties).

Legally, manufacturers are required to produce a public report detailing the recall, a schedule for repairs, a description of the recall, and any major events that may have triggered this recall.  The manufacturer then must merge their own records with that of state vehicle registrations and mail a notice to each affected consumer.  Unfortunately, this notice can appear like junk mail and the consumer may simply disregard.  Fortunately, the government keeps a record of every recall, and if your vehicle is subject to one, the manufacturer is obligated to replace or repair the vehicle at no cost to the consumer, no matter how late the consumer finds out.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a design flaw or faulty equipment on a vehicle, you may be able to recover damages under product liability laws.  Under the law, such manufacturers can be held “strictly liable” for their faulty products, meaning that regardless of whether the manufacturer was negligent in manufacturing the product, they are held liable for their faulty products.  This can be a separate cause of action for a personal injury action, depending on the facts of your case.  This is why it is important to speak to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who knows all facets of the law, ensuring you can be made completely whole after suffering a serious injury.

Attorney Zane T. Cagle and the experienced St. Louis personal injury attorneys at The Cagle Law Firm exclusively deal with personal injury law.  Their expertise in this area means that they are well-versed in all subjects relating to your injury, allowing you the peace of mind to know that all responsibility parties have been held accountable.  Call 1.800.685.3302 for a free consultation today.

Additional Sources:

https://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/ford-recalls-8300-new-ford-escapes-for-carpeting-that-interferes-with-brake/

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints/