Ford pickup trucks recalled for fire risk

By |2022-01-04T17:08:23+00:00September 12th, 2018|

Previous posts here have discussed issues with airbags that had a tendency to explode in an accident. However, this is not the only sort of safety equipment that is prone to explosion or fire in a significant collision. For instance, seatbelts are also equipped with a device that forces the belt to tighten rapidly in an accident, thereby restraining the passenger in his or her seat and, when working properly, protecting that person.

Unfortunately, these devices can also be defective. To this point, Ford has announced the recallof over 1 million later model Ford F-150 pickup trucks because of a problem with its seatbelts. According to reports, there have been over 20 reports of fires or smoke in the car following a collision. In some cases, according to an investigation by a federal agency, trucks have been totally consumed by flames after an accident. Experts have attributed this problem to a defect in the seatbelt that can cause sparking in the event of a collision in which the seatbelt tightens quickly.

While there have been no injuries reported to date because of this defect, that does not mean that there have not been unreported injuries or, as the recall proceeds, there will not be some motorists who continue to operate their vehicles as is, perhaps because they simply did not know about the recall.

This story serves as an important reminder to Orange County residents and others in the greater Los Angeles area that, although safety equipment on vehicles is a good thing, manufacturers have an obligation to make sure this equipment indeed protects life and does not endanger it. Someone who does get hurt by defective safety equipment may be able to obtain compensation through a products liability claim.


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Doug Easton has practiced law since 1971. After 20 years of practicing with various large litigation firms, he founded the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton in 1991 as a solo practitioner. In the years that followed, Doug’s sons Brian and Matt joined him in the practice and helped build the firm into a powerful force to help right the wrongs done to their clients. Much of their success over the years has stemmed from the dynamic created by the familial nature of the firm and how harmoniously they all work together, each of their individual strengths complementing and fortifying the group as a whole. Accordingly, the firm changed its name to Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014 to better reflect the true dynamic of the firm and Doug now serves as Managing Partner of Easton & Easton. In 2015, Doug was selected as a Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in California by The American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Doug is listed in Strathmore’s Who’s Who, and in 2008 was named its “Professional of the Year” in Medical Malpractice.
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