More than 250,000 late-model Ford Explorer SUVs are being recalled because they can unexpectedly roll away even when their transmission is shifted into park.
The U.S. recall includes certain Ford Explorers, model years 2020 through 2022, with 2.3-liter engines, 3-liter and 3.3-liter hybrids and the 3-liter ST model. Explorer Police hybrids and those with 3.3-liter gas engines models 2020-2021 are also included in the recall.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury or death when a Ford Explorer rolled away while in park, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case.
Kline & Specter, with more than 50 attorneys, five who are also medical doctors – the most in the nation -- has the expertise and experience to handle Explorer recall lawsuits, particularly against Ford Motor Co. Our firm won highly publicized multi-million dollar verdicts against Ford in federal and state courts in litigation involving faulty parking brakes in Ford pickup trucks.
According to news reports, U.S. safety regulators say that in the latest incidents, the SUVs move out of the park position because a rear axle mounting bolt fractures and causes the drive shaft to disconnect. The vehicles roll away when that occurs even if they are shifted into the park position without the parking brake engaged.
In the Kline & Specter cases against Ford, a jury handed down a $153.2 million verdict against Ford in a case where a small child was killed when the parking brake in his father’s Ford pickup spontaneously disengaged and rolled from a parked position in the family’s driveway in Elko, Nevada. A retrial of punitive damages in the case resulted in a $52 million verdict.
In another case, a jury awarded $8.75 million to the family of a Pittsburgh tow truck operator who was run over by his own vehicle while on a service call. In that case, too, the parking brake spontaneously disengaged.
Kline & Specter handles Explorer recall lawsuits in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York. For cases outside those states, Kline & Specter works with local attorneys in each state as applicable.