Posted on: August 16, 2011
Ford is recalling 1.1 million pickup trucks because they could have defective gas tanks, which could fall off and burst into flames, according to news reports .
Ford’s popular F-150 models are affected by the recall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“The metal straps that hold the gas tank to the body can corrode and fail, which may allow the fuel line to separate from the gas tank, or could cause the gas tank to fall and rupture. In both cases, there is a risk of the vehicle catching fire,” according to NHTSA reports.
The recall is very serious, and so far, eight fires have been linked to the defective gas tank straps. Three cases have been reported in which the entire truck burst into flames. There has been at least one injury related to the recalled Ford pickup truck gas tank straps, according to news reports.
As a Charleston car accident lawyer , I’m saddened to hear that this recall has already resulted in personal injuries and accidents. I urge Ford truck owners to pay attention to this recall and get it fixes as soon as possible. “Ford will begin notifying affected owners in September. The current straps will be replaced with more corrosion-resistant straps. In the interim, owners can have dealers install a cable support under the current straps until replacement straps become available,” according to news reports. For more information, contact the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332. The recall campaign number is 11S21.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled vehicle, contact a personal injury attorney Charleston.