Consumers have the right to expect that they can safely use and operate the products they purchase, including vehicles. Car manufacturer Ford recently announced a recall of 874,082 F-150 pickup trucks due to fire concerns. A faulty engine block heater cable is to blame. The auto manufacturer is aware of three fires that have resulted from the defect. Corrosion of the cable can cause damage over time, leading to fire.
The concern is particularly bad in colder weather climates that require the engine block to be plugged in externally using the cable to help keep the engine block warm during the cold winter months. Ford is repairing the defect, however, concerns about timing and the ability to access timely repairs have been expressed. There are a variety of protections available to help ensure the safety of the public and consumers.
Products liability law protects victims of dangerous or defective products. Dangerous and defective products can create liability for a variety of different parties for damages when a victim has been harmed by the hazardous product. Retailers, distributors, manufacturers and others may all be liable for the physical, financial and emotional damages victims of a dangerous or defective product may suffer related to the use of the product. Products liability law is designed to help keep both victims and the public safe.
When a victim has been harmed by a product they otherwise reasonably expected would be safe, it is helpful for them to be familiar with the legal resources available to them. Legal remedies may help them better address the different components of the harm they have suffered including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages which is why victims should be familiar with the legal protections available.