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NHTSA to Investigate Ford Steering Problems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched yet another investigation into hundreds of complaints about steering problems with specific Ford vehicles. With one proposed class action lawsuit already pending against the automaker over the same steering issues, Ford may want to brace itself for another difficult year in 2015.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident that involved a recalled Ford vehicle, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Ford and we can help.

Update: Ford F-150 Pickups Recalled Over Brake Problems

May 25, 2016 – Ford Motor Company issued a recall (PDF) today for over 225,000 F-150 pickup trucks manufactured from 2013 to 2014 over defective master brake cylinders that can leak and fail, increasing the risk of a crash. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it has received at least 33 complaints about the problem, including some drivers reporting that brake pedals can suddenly go to the floor with a complete loss of braking. At least 4 crashes have been linked to the issue, according to the NHTSA.

What’s the Problem?

On Oct. 4, 2014, NHTSA announced that it was investigating more than 500 consumer complaints of power steering loss in the following vehicles:

  • 2010-2012 Ford Fusion
  • 2010-2012 Lincoln MKZ
  • 2010-2011 Mercury Milan

At least 4 of the complaints allege that the power steering failure caused an accident. The investigation affects approximately 938,000 Ford vehicles.

Drivers reported seeing a power steering warning message when the failure occurred, according to NHTSA. Some drivers claim the problem resolved when they turned the car off and restarted it, but most said the problem returned once they restarted the car.

On June 27, Philips v. Ford (No. 14-02989) was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Ford vehicle owners, accuses the automaker of failing to tell consumers that the Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system in certain Fusion and Focus models “is prone to premature failure during ordinary and foreseeable driving situations … leaving [the drivers] unable to control their vehicles.”

The lawsuit describes the owner of a 2010 Ford Fusion losing power steering while driving on a freeway onramp in 2012. When the failure occurred, the driver also lost traction control and brake power, causing the vehicle to swerve and hit a concrete barrier. Both the driver and passenger suffered injuries in the crash.

The complaint further alleges that Ford has been less than helpful when vehicle owners have tried to get the steering problem fixed. After hitting a curb when the power steering in her 2011 Ford Fusion failed, the car owner went to the dealer 3 separate times to have the problem fixed. However, the dealer refused to work on the problem because the power steering failure couldn’t be replicated, according to the lawsuit.

Additionally, the complaint alleges that Ford has known about the steering problem for at least 4 years, but has continued to manufacture and sell the vehicles. “Specifically, Ford has been aware since 2010, if not earlier, that the EPAS system it designed, manufactured, and installed in the Defective Vehicles is prone to sudden and premature failure, resulting in marked increases to steering effort and loss of driver control,” alleges the lawsuit.

The complaint identifies the following Ford vehicles as having defective EPAS systems:

  • 2010-2014 Ford Fusion
  • 2010-2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • 2013-2014 Ford Fusion Energi
  • 2012-2014 Ford Focus
  • 2012-2014 Ford Focus Electric

“Notably, Ford has never recalled the 2010 or 2011 Ford Fusion—or any other model of Defective Vehicle—and never disclosed the problems to the customers, NHTSA, or the public,” the lawsuit states.

Do I Have a Ford Recall Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Ford Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

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