The Ford Motor Company very recently announced that it is recalling upwards of 1.5 million vehicles that were manufactured between 2013 and 2018. There are two issues of concern with these vehicles. First, a windshield wiper arms challenge could prevent motorists from being able to accurately perceive the road when precipitation is clouding their view. Second, a compromise with the brake hose could lead to a brake fluid leak.
Leaking fluid doesn’t sound like a big deal. However, leaking brake fluid could cause a vehicle to take much longer than usual to stop once a motorist engages their brakes. This delay could, obviously, cause vehicles to crash more easily.
This is the kind of “hidden defect” that all motorists should be aware of. In the event of a crash, it is tempting to assume that you know who is to blame and why. Yet, it often takes a thorough investigation of crash-related circumstances in order to accurately determine fault. Hidden defects often lead to a much different portioning of fault than would be doled out on the spot at the scene of a crash.
Staying informed about recalls can be tough
By remaining informed about recall efforts that have been recently announced, motor vehicle owners can better ensure that they don’t cause an accident as a result of a faulty vehicle part. This kind of self-education effort can also be extremely useful in the event that a crash occurs. By knowing that another vehicle involved in the crash was affected by a faulty part, an injury victim can more effectively communicate why others should be held responsible for the financial consequences stemming from the wreck.
You, like almost all Americans, are a busy person. Adding one more thing to your monthly to-do list may sound obnoxious to you. But, by scanning headlines related to auto-related recalls for just a few minutes each month, you may save your own life and the lives of others. This effort is, therefore, worthy of your time.