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Car owners in West Virginia might be impacted by a recent recall of Ford motor vehicles. The company has decided to recall over 950,000 automobiles due to concerns about defective airbags. Specifically, the airbags in the cars — manufactured by Tanaka — can explode, and the shrapnel caused by the explosions can cause injuries. More than 780,000 of the motor vehicles with the auto defects are reportedly in the United States.

The cars that are affected by the Ford recall include Ford Edge, Ranger, Fusion and Mustang automobiles. Also included are Lincoln MKX and Lincoln MKZ cars, as well as Mercury Milans. The automobiles that fall under the recall have model years ranging from 2010 to 2014.

Ford officials said owners should take their recalled cars to dealers for repairs as quickly as possible. Dealers can then replace their airbag inflators on the front passenger side for free. So far, though, Ford reportedly has not received any reports regarding injuries related to the airbags in the United States. However, more than 20 people across the globe have died in accidents that involved these airbags.

Product makers are expected to generate products that are safe for the public to use. Of course, this does not always happen. Fortunately, if consumers in West Virginia end up suffering injuries due to auto defects, it is within their rights to seek justice through the civil court system. An understanding of what facts need to be proved will likely be critical for prevailing in these types of cases. However, a successfully fought case may lead to a judicial award of monetary damages that might help with addressing medical expenses and other losses associated with the use of a defective product.