Attention Ford Transit Van Owners
Stay Alert Avoid A Commercial Truck Accident
The Ford Motor Company has sent out a recall on 400,00 2015-2017 commercial trucks known as Transit Vans, one of its most popular commercial truck brands. It appears that the driveshaft “flexible coupling” is cracking and could cause the driveshaft to separate.
A driveshaft separation from the transmission while in motion can cause massive damage to surrounding components such as the brake and fuel lines. And, if that’s not danger enough the commercial truck driver could loose control of the vehicle and cause a serious and possible fatal highway accident.
Think about it, a commercial truck driver is cruising along a busy city street or interstate highway and her driveshaft separates from the transmission and hits the highway, flies into pieces and damages the brake line and you are unable to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. Here you are, no brakes, no lower gear and, oh, did I mention that the driveshaft also severed the fuel line and as you begin slamming into the vehicle in front of and on the side of you are also adding a highly combustible fuel to the mix. This truly is a recipe for disaster.
Ford warns commercial truck owners that if they continue to operate the vehicle the driveshaft may separate which could lead to a dangerous loss of “motive power” while driving and while parked the vehicle may unintentionally move when in the Park position.
The bad news is, there is no fix for this problem. That’s right, Ford doesn’t have a fix but expects one by late 2018. At the present time Ford claims that the cracking issue with the “flexible coupling” does not manifest itself until the vehicle reaches 30,000 miles so the Recall suggests that a commercial truck with less than thirty thousand miles need take no extra steps until it reaches that mileage and then take it in and have it replaced. For commercial trucks with more than thirty thousand miles Ford suggest that they should be taken to an authorized dealer and have them replaced immediately. When a permanent repair is available Ford has committed to notifying the owners so that they may schedule an appointment for the appropriate repair.
So, what can you and I, innocent road warriors do to protect ourselves? The answer is to remain alert, don’t allow distractions to take your focus off of the road and the vehicles around you. Familiarize your self with this potentially dangerous commercial truck and take measures to keep plenty of space between you. If you know people who own businesses and use the Ford Transit Vans make sure you contact them and give them the url for this Blog.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported that more than 500,000 commercial trucks were involved in accidents in 2013, resulting in 5000 deaths and injuring more than 100,000 people. These figures represented a disturbing increase from the 3200 deaths reported in the several proceeding years.
For the best outcome in any legal case involving a commercial truck, it is important to consult an attorney who is thoroughly familiar with federal and state regulations, and who has the experience and resources to conduct an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the accident.
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