There are many reasons why a car accident happens, from dangerous road conditions to distracted drivers and more. However, car accident victims may sometimes fail to consider the possibility that a defective car part may have played a role in their suffering. Just recently, Ford recalled 129,000 vehicles over concerns that fuel leaks could place certain drivers at risk for injury.
This particular recall affects the 2009 and 2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. The car manufacturer notes that these vehicles, if driven in areas where there is excessive salt used to clear roads of ice, could develop rust on the fuel tank brackets. This rust could lead to leaks, which could in turn lead to a fire. Consequently, drivers in many states, including West Virginia, are at risk of injury or accidents related to the problem.
Car manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that consumers are driving vehicles that are safe and pose no unnecessary risk. When defective car parts cause harm or injury, victims have the right to take action against those parties deemed responsible. This massive recall is an example of how just one problem can put many innocent people at risk of bodily harm.
Victims retain certain entitlements under the law, but they should take steps to protect their rights by seeking legal counsel as soon as possible after an accident. Manufacturers and others in the consumer supply chain may be liable for any monetary damages that result from faulty car parts. West Virginia victims could be entitled to financial compensation when defective car parts are responsible for car accident injuries.
Source: chicago.suntimes.com, "Ford recalls 129,000 SUVs to fix fuel leaks", Dec. 3, 2015