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Ford recalls over half a million vehicles due to car door defect

Consumers are protected by products liability laws when harmed by a defective or dangerous product. Automaker Ford recently increased the number of vehicles it is recalling for door latch problems by an additional 156,000 vehicles, bringing the total number of vehicles recalled for the defect to 545,906. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided the directive for Ford to add the most recent number of vehicles to the recall. The defect involves a broken pawl spring tab that prevents the car door from properly latching. Because of the defect, the car door can open while the car is in motion, while driving.

One accident has been reported because of the defect when a door swung open and hit another car in a parking lot. In addition, injuries have been reported concerning two other incidents when consumers reported they attempted to shut the car door and it bounced back, hitting them. Consumers have a reasonable expectation that they will be free from harm when utilizing products they use every day. Automobile defects can be particularly serious and result in significant harm to consumers.

Consumers who have been injured by an automobile defect or defective auto part enjoy legal protections that may help them recover compensation for damages they may suffer because of a defective or dangerous product. Victims can suffer a variety of physical, financial and emotional damages related to an automobile defect or other dangerous or defective product. Because of the serious nature product liability claims, and how serious the safety of the consuming public is taken, the manufacturer, party responsible for assembly, wholesaler, distributor and retailer may all be liable to compensate the victim of a defective or dangerous product for damages suffered.

Any number of us relies on vehicles every day to transport us to and from our daily activities including work, errands or any number of additional activities. Products liability law is available to step in and ensure that victims are properly protected when harmed by a defective automobile or other defective product.

Source: USA Today, "Ford expands recall for car doors that fly open," Alisa Priddle, May 2, 2015

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