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Ford recall may be attempt to avoid auto product liability claims

Outside of buying a home, one of the largest repeat purchases consumers make is for their vehicles. Those who are in the market for a new vehicle are often influenced by the reputation of a manufacturer's makes and models that tout safety and reliability. Arizona residents who have suffered a serious injury or significant property losses may have a basis for filing an auto product liability civil suit.

Ford Motor Company recently issued a recall involving an estimated two million pickup trucks over the risk of cabin fires caused by a faulty mechanism in the seatbelt restraint. The issue stems from a part called the pretensioner, which is activated when the vehicle is involved in a collision. It functions by deploying a small explosion that forces the clip on the belt to retract, pulling the occupant further into the seat cushion.

The models affected are the F-150 regular and extended crew cabs, and includes the years 2015 through 2018. The pretensioners involved generate sparks that can lead to a fire in either the insulation or ceiling covering of the passenger compartment. There have been more than a dozen reports of smoke or fires that can pose a serious threat to owners.

There have been at least three vehicles that have been destroyed by fires started by these defective mechanisms. Some of the parts involved were manufactured by Takata, which was behind the massive airbag recalls. To date, there have been no reports of injuries related to these defective parts, though there have been property damage losses. Arizona residents who are harmed by a possibly defective automobile component may wish to consult with an experienced attorney in order to assess the possibility of filing an auto product liability civil suit in an effort to obtain relief for their monetary damages.

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