Ford Motor Company Airbag Recall

Ford Motor Company has announced the recall of thousands of F-150 pickup trucks for safety issues related to defective airbags.  The company announced on Wednesday a recall of 144,000 Ford F-150 pickup trucks sold in the US and Canada.  According to Ford, the recall was triggered after complaints from consumers that airbags in these tracks suddenly and unexpectedly deployed as soon as the car was started.

Ford has traced the problem to vehicles that were built during the first shift at the Ford plant in Norfolk.  The problem is linked to an improperly installed wire in the steering wheel.  This can cause short-circuiting, ultimately deploying the airbag inadvertently.  This was the second recall for Ford in February.  Earlier this month, the company recalled about 280,000 Ford F-150s to repair defective door handles.  The defect was serious, and could cause the side doors to open in a crash.

There no doubt that airbags have been some of the most effective auto safety aids developed over the past few decades.  Along with seatbelts, airbags have helped save thousands of lives.  Ironically, these are often responsible for serious injuries.  Most airbag injuries involve airbags that deploy too early, deploy too late or do not deploy at all.  Sometimes, airbags deploy inadvertently when they’re not meant to.  When you consider the fact that there are more than 180 million vehicles with airbags on American roads (according to 2006 estimates) you realize the reason why there are frequent numbers of airbag injuries.

Most airbag injuries are a result of design defects.  It’s also important to understand that not all airbags are created alike.  Airbag deployment thresholds may differ dramatically from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Many airbag injuries involve certain common patterns.  For instance, positioning of the seat can dictate how an occupant comes in contact with the airbag.  There may be mechanical failures of airbag systems.  This includes system failures, or malfunctioning sensors.  The sensors are able to detect the speed of the vehicle, the angle of the accident and other factors to determine when to inflate.  However, when things go wrong here, then occupants may be at a serious risk of injuries or even death.

Besides, airbag injuries are also caused when the airbag system does not take into consideration individual factors like an individual’s height or weight.  Other injuries are caused because of the material of the airbag.  Typically, lighter airbag material is considered to be safer.

Erbe Law Firm can help with your personal injury or wrongful death case or products liability claim.  If you need a Des Moines products liability law attorney, contact Erbe Law Firm today.


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