Consumer Alert on 2021 Ford F-150 Trucks
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just issued a Consumer Alert about a recall of 2021 Ford F-150 trucks. According to the press release, the F-150 trucks manufactured in the Super Cab body style are being impacted by this recall. Apparently, the front seat belt webbing may be incorrectly routed. In the event of a crash, an incorrectly routed seat belt might not adequately restrain an occupant. This means that occupants could possibly be ejected during a wreck or otherwise not properly restrained.
At this time, approximately 16,430 vehicles are being recalled. The F-150 trucks with Regular Cab and Crew Cab body styles are not being impacted, because they have different seat belt assemblies. Seat belts are your most important line of defense in the event of a crash, so this type of recall is critically important.
Does Your Truck Pass the Preliminary Safety Assessment?
Although owners are being notified by mail of the issue, it’s a good idea to contact a local Ford or Lincoln dealership to get specific information about getting your truck inspected. Apparently, owners can do a preliminary self-assessment at home. If the home inspection of the passenger seat fails, owners are being advised not to use the passenger seat until repairs have been done. If the driver’s seat fails the inspection, owners are being advised not to drive their vehicles at all until they have been repaired.
Seat Belt Safety and Defective Auto Parts
Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash, so if your seat belt is defective in any way, your safety is being significantly compromised. While most manufacturers do attempt to contact owners of recalled vehicles by mail, it’s not the most reliable way to be sure your vehicle isn’t currently under recall. The NHTSA recommends checking your vehicle at least twice a year using their VIN Lookup Tool.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a faulty or defective auto part in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.