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Ford trucks recalled over fire hazard

Californians expect the vehicles they drive to be safe. In order to ensure this safety, a motor vehicle needs to be well-thought out and executed, starting with its initial design. Unfortunately, many times there are design or manufacturing defects that cause vehicles to pose a risk to unsuspecting motorists. This can lead to an auto product recall, but sometimes those recalls come far too late.

Ford recently issued one of these recalls, and it has affected two million of its pickup trucks from its F-series. Reports indicate that Ford's F-150 models from 2015 through 2018 have a malfunction in a seatbelt component part that could cause a fire. The part, known as a pretensioner, automatically tightens a seatbelt when there is sudden acceleration or deceleration, such as occurs in an accident. Yet, in the defective devices, sparks can be generated when the pretensioners are utilized.

These sparks, in turn, can ignite gases that are trapped in the area where the pretensioners are utilized. As a result, nearby carpet and insulation can be set ablaze. There have been multiple reports of smoke emitting from the pretensioner area of several trucks, but no injuries have been documented as of yet. However, the recall was just recently issued, which means that there are still defective auto parts out there that can cause an individual to suffer harm.

Those who are hurt in these situations may want to pursue legal action in hopes of imposing auto product liability and recovering compensation for their harm. This is no small feat, though, especially when going up against a major corporation. Therefore, those considering this type of legal action may want to have the professional guidance they need to present a strong case both at the negotiation table and in the courtroom.



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