Lincoln Ignition Switch Recall
Written by Faith Anderson on January 9, 2015
Ford Recalls Lincoln SUVs Due to Risk Vehicles May Be Shut Off During Use
Ford has issued a recall of approximately 13,500 model-year 2015 Lincoln MKC sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), due to a risk that drivers may inadvertently turn off the electronic ignition while the vehicle is moving, posing a potential accident hazard. If you have been injured in a car accident allegedly caused by a defective auto part, or if you lost a loved one when an ignition suddenly turned off during use or an airbag failed to deploy during an accident, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by defective products, and can help put you in touch with a reputable attorney who has experience handling defective auto part claims.
Drivers Accidentally Pressing Push-Start Ignition Button
The Lincoln MKC recall was announced by Ford on January 6, after reports indicated that drivers were accidentally touching the push-start ignition button while the vehicles were moving, causing the ignition to shut off and bringing the vehicle to a sudden stop comparable to slamming on the brakes. According to Ford, due to the push-start button’s close proximity to other controls, some drivers and passengers are accidentally cutting off the engine while intending to push the “S” button, which puts the vehicles into Sport-Mode, or while attempting to change a setting on the dashboard display, which controls navigation, Bluetooth phone control, and the radio.
Airbags Won’t Work If Car Shuts Off
Even more alarming then causing the car to come to a complete and sudden stop, putting occupants at risk for a car accident, inadvertently turning off the electronic ignition in Lincoln MKC’s during use also renders the vehicle’s airbags inoperable, which increases the risk of vehicle occupants suffering serious injuries in the event of a collision. This Lincoln MKC electric ignition recall comes on the heels of a series of massive recalls announced by General Motors in 2014, involving nearly 28 million vehicles with defective ignition switches that may cause the vehicles to turn off during use. When the ignition switches failed, the affected vehicles’ airbags were also rendered inoperable, and at least 31 car accidents and 13 injuries have been linked to the GM ignition switch defect.
Contact a Defective Auto Parts Attorney Today
The Ford vehicle recall includes 13,574 Lincoln MKC SUVs from the 2015 model year, which were manufactured up until September 2014, and most of which were sold within the United States. At the same time as the Lincoln electric ignition recall, Ford announced a second recall of 12,200 model-year 2014 Ford Escape and 2014 Lincoln MKC vehicles with fuel pump problems that could cause the vehicles to stall during use. If you have suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident, and you believe a defective auto part, like a faulty airbag or ignition switch, to be the cause, contact a reputable product liability lawyer today to explore your possible compensation options.
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