Bruce Pfaff recently contributed to an article in Bloomberg Law in regards to two Ford Motor, Co. cases with the intent of narrowing where the automaker can be sued. Ford contends that they should not be sued in a state where the car had not been sold. Ford is attempting to have SCOTUS take up the case.
If you are out for a drive and your steering wheel falls off into your lap - that's not safe. A steering component that breaks unexpectedly and causes you to lose control of your car is a perfect example of a safety-related vehicle defect.
In September 2014 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation into consumer complaints of faulty door latches in 2011-2013 model year Ford Fiesta vehicles. Owners reported problems with the doors in these cars failing to latch when closed and/or remaining open or ajar. There have also been reports of injuries caused by a rebounding door striking a person after they attempted to close it. Since last fall NHTSA has received hundreds of additional complaints related to these problems. The agency announced yesterday that it will upgrade its investigation to an "Engineering Analysis" and expanded its scope to include 2013 Ford Fusion and 2013 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.