According to a Cars.com news report, the Ford Motor Company has issued a major recall affecting its brand-new pickup truck model and double-award winner — the Ford Maverick. This model has already been involved in a recall back in July. The recall concerned potential engine compartment fires. This recall affects the truck’s side curtain airbags.
The auto recall report states that approximately 65,000 Ford Mavericks are affected by the side curtain airbag defect. Ford described the issue as the side curtain airbags failing to meet the federal “displacement requirements” and might not deploy properly. When an airbag fails to deploy correctly, the occupants of the truck have an increased risk of severe injury or death when involved in an accident. Ford claims that there were no known injuries or accidents at the time of this article’s publication.
Ford Motor Company will resolve the potentially hazardous issue by replacing the right and left side curtain airbags at its local Ford dealerships. The replacement side curtain airbag modules will be changed out at no charge to the customer. Ford stated that it would issue notifications to affected Maverick owners on September 22, 2022. Affected owners with questions may contact Ford Motor Company or their local Ford dealership for assistance. Ford Motor Company’s recall number is 22C20.
Why does the federal government an automaker to recall a defective vehicle without a remedy in place?
In most cases, the federal government requires the recall to be initiated as soon as the defect is discovered. Also, automakers are required to report newly discovered auto defects to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within five business days of discovery or face civil fines of up to $105 million. There may also be a criminal investigation launched into delays concerning egregious cases leading to more severe penalties. GM once paid $900 million to the federal government to settle an ignition switch recall investigation. Toyota once paid more than $1 billion to settle a defect that caused some vehicles to spontaneously accelerate, leading to severe accidents.
Once an auto manufacturer reports the defect to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the automaker is required by law to notify affected owners about the recall, the defect, and how to repair the issue within 60 days. The federal laws concerning auto recalls do not permit the lack of a fix to delay the notification of all affected owners. The auto manufacturer who has an open recall must work with their suppliers to make the parts required to fix the recalled vehicles.
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