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Some of the biggest pickup trucks manufactured by Ford were recalled back in 2013, and this recall is currently being revisited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This is because this agency has received 30 driver complaints tied to auto defects. If a driver in West Virginia ends up getting hurt as a result of an auto defect, it is within his or her rights to attempt to hold the vehicle manufacturer accountable in civil court.

The 2013 recall was issued in an effort to address a problem with the trucks stalling. This recall impacted only 3,000 vehicles utilized as ambulances. However, now federal officials are investigating whether the recall needs to be expanded to include about 197,000 additional pickup trucks with similar engines — pickups that are not being utilized as ambulances. Drivers of these trucks may find that they suddenly lose power and, thus, come to a complete stop. This is especially dangerous for those who are towing large trailers or who are driving at highway speeds at the time of the stall.

The national agency facilitates dozens of auto investigations each year to pinpoint potential safety issues. However, recall queries — the type of query it is conducting in the current Ford case — are unusual. Only four took place last year.

Auto defects can quickly lead to injuries or even lead to the loss of life in West Virginia. When this happens, the injured party may decide to sue the automaker for damages. If someone dies because of a faulty vehicle, the person’s surviving family members may file a claim. Although monetary compensation cannot bring back a loved one lost because of a defective automobile, it may help to ease the pain and suffering caused by the situation.

Source: The New York Times, “Safety Unit Broadens Its Scrutiny of a Ford Recall“, Christopher Jensen and Danielle Ivory, Jan. 20, 2015