Anyone who buys a vehicle is putting trust in the manufacturer that the vehicle is safe and will operate properly. Sadly, that doesn't always happen. When vehicles aren't safe and don't operate properly, accidents can occur. Once an issue is discovered, some automakers will issue a recall to help rectify the situation in an attempt to stop accidents from occurring. In one of the two recent recalls by Ford Motor Company, Illinois is listed as one of the states affected by the problems.
One recall includes 48,960 Ford Escapes, Fusions, and C-MAXs, and Lincoln MKZs in which the seat back frame doesn't conform to safety standards. The other recall is a larger recall that affects 386,000 Ford Escapes built from 2001 to 2004. This is the recall that specifically lists locations for the recall. Illinois, as well as the surrounding states, are all included.
This recall impacts steering capabilities of the SUVs. The vehicle's subframe might corrode in a way that could cause the lower control arm to separate. If this occurs, steering control is diminished. The issue can be resolved by a dealer installing a crossbrace to reinforce the area. Ford acknowledges that one crash not involving injuries might be related to the recall.
Anyone who has been injured in an accident caused by a defective part on a vehicle or any other factor dealing with a vehicle not meeting safety standards might have the right to seek compensation for those injuries. Seeking compensation for product liability might help to reduce the financial impact of the accident and can help hold the company responsible for its defective product.
Source: WQAD, "Ford recalls Escape SUVs in Iowa, Illinois and 18 other states" Shellie Nelson, Apr. 07, 2014