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Ford recalls over 400,000 SUVs

Ford SUVs, which are obviously sold in Pittsburgh, are being recalled because the gas pedals on some such vehicles can stick. Though company has recalled 421,000 Ford Escapes, many critics feel that the automobile giant has not done enough to prevent more automobile accidents from occurring.

It is believed that there have been 13 accidents and at least one fatality due to the sticking of the gas pedal. The Ford Escape will likely be the subject of a number of products liability cases down the road.

It has also believed that the company has known about this particular problem for quite some time. Ford has already been fined $17 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for not recalling the product in 2005 - the year that Ford reportedly first became aware of the problem.

It must be remembered that recalls will not in itself alleviate a problem. There is no guarantee that all owners of a vehicle with the defective gas pedal will be alerted to the problem.

A large number of individuals that own the vehicle may have not had the opportunity to read the recall literature, or even be aware that the recall applies to their particular vehicles. Plus, a product recall does not address individuals already injured as a result of operating such a vehicle.

Products liability attorneys will hold corporations accountable for marketing defective products to begin with. Such attorneys understand that large corporations should have been setting aside money to test such products, and that these companies are in a better position of locating the existence of such defects than are their customers.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Ford recalls 421,000 Escapes; consumer group calls for fine," by Jerry Hirsch, July 26, 2012

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