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Ford recalls vehicles with part that may affect airbag deployment

There have been quite a few auto recalls in 2014. With as many vehicles that have been recalled this year due to various reasons, West Virginia residents may think that there would be an end in sight. Unfortunately, Ford just recalled nearly 750,000 more vehicles due to an airbag defect.

This recall is for a number of SUVs and sedans, including the Ford Escape, Fusion, C-Max and Lincoln MKZ. The years affected seem to only be 2013 and 2014. This recall brings Ford up to nearly four million total vehicle recalls in 2014.

Apparently, the module that controls the airbag restraints may short circuit. This could essentially cause the airbags to be disabled and not inflate and release when an accident occurs. The module could also cause problems with the electronic stability control, which helps keep the vehicle under control if it skids.

At this time, no injuries or incidents have been reported. However, West Virginia residents who have recently been in an accident where an airbag did not deploy may want to have the matter investigated further to determine if it was this module that resulted in the non-deployment. For those who were injured, a claim may be appropriate to pursue the recovery of medical costs, expenses for vehicle repairs, lost wages and other related damages. Car manufacturers and others in the  consumer supply chain are generally liable when auto defect is responsible for injuries. In addition to a judgment for financial damages, a successful claim may help call attention to the problem nationally and hopefully help avoid other accidents on our roadways.

Source: The New York Times, "Ford Recalls 745,000 Vehicles for Fault That Could Disable Air Bags", Christopher Jensen, Sept. 27, 2014

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