Ford recently announced two separate vehicle recalls to address possible airbag and door handle malfunctions. A total of 1.4 million vehicles are affected by the two recalls, according to the New York Times.
About the Ford Airbag Recall
Ford is recalling approximately 692,500 Escape and C-Max models to repair issues with the vehicles’ safety canopy airbags. According to Ford, a software issue could cause a delay in the canopy’s deployment in certain rollover circumstances, increasing the risk of injury.
About 591,000 of the vehicles were sold in the United States, 78,000 in Canada, and 19,700 in Mexico.
About the Ford Door Handle Recall
- Ford is also recalling approximately 692,700 Escapes with defective door handles. The company says the door handles could fail to latch properly resulting in doors opening when the vehicle is in motion.
- About 580,000 of the vehicles were sold in the United States, 89,500 in Canada, and 20,000 in Mexico.
- Ford has said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries that resulted because of either defect.
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Two Indianapolis construction workers were minutes away from finishing their shifts Friday morning when a pickup truck crossed into their work zone along Interstate 69, hitting and killing the two men.
About the Fatal Accident
According to the Indy-Star, the two workers were contracted by Rieth-Riley Construction, a company working with the Indiana Department of Transportation, as part of the “Operation Indy Commute” project.
The men were finishing roadwork in the southbound lanes of I-69 between 82nd and 96th at about 5:45 am when the accident occurred. As the men backed up their truck to hook up an arrow board, 22-year-old Jordan Stafford crashed through the signage, hitting the workers.
The two men were pronounced dead at the scene while Stafford was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries after being extricated from his vehicle. No charges have been filed and the incident remains under investigation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation into the accident.
Work Zone Crash Statistics
- According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were 87,606 reported crashes in work zones in 2010.
- More than 500 of those crashes resulted fatality, and 37,476 people were injured due to work zone crashes.
- Roughly 70 percent of road consecution site fatalities recorded between 2003 and 2007 occurred between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:59 pm.
- Accidents were most likely to occur when there was active work, but no lane closures.
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Rental and used vehicles may not be repaired, warns a new report in the Boston Globe. Currently, no law exists mandating that used-car dealers and rental agencies make repairs to recalled vehicles. With 11.3 million vehicles recalled in the first four months of this year alone, unrepaired used vehicles could spell disaster for unsuspecting drivers.
Pressure to Repair Used Vehicles
In the aftermath of the GM ignition switch recall, concerns have been mounting over the possibility of unrepaired and unsafe vehicles remaining on roadways. Dealerships insist “that not all recalls require immediate attention,” but many maintain that argument falls flat considering the entire point of a recall is to address safety issues.
There are currently two efforts to force dealerships and rental companies to make the repairs before selling or renting recalled vehicles.
The first is a Senate bill proposed in 2011 that would apply only to rental cars. Efforts to pass the bill have languished, however, and it is generally thought the bill does not have enough support to pass.
The second effort is part of a recently proposed transportation budget plan called the Grow America Act. Part of the lengthy act contains provisions that would require dealerships and rental firms to make repairs to recalled vehicles before selling or renting them.
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