After receiving five reports of steering problems, one of which involved an injury, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into 500,000 Ford units, the Auto World News reported on July 11.
The units under investigation are the 2004 to 2007 models of the Mercury Marauder, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Ford Crown Victoria. The NHTSA discovered that the heat guard covering the exhaust manifold of these units can fall off and become jammed in the steering shaft, causing interference with the steering.
Of the five steering-related incidents reported, one was a highway rollover crash that resulted in injuries.
Car manufacturers are legally obligated to produce and distribute vehicles that are in compliance with federal safety regulations. However, some automakers fall short in meeting these standards, resulting in inferior products that might injure its users. If you have been injured by a defective product in Lake Geneva, a personal injury lawyer at the Ausband & Dumont can help you explore your legal options in seeking financial compensation. Call us at (404) 812-0051 to learn more about filing a product liability lawsuit.