Our Winston-Salem car accident lawyers understand that a vehicle crash caused by a defectively manufactured part can involve a lot of discovery. In North Carolina, Chapter 99B of the General Statutes controls much of the procedure in these types of cases.
Automotive News is reporting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting an investigation into a potentially deadly manufacturing defect on more than 500,000 Ford sedans.
The cars in question are Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Mercury Marauder vehicles manufactured between 2004 and 2007. According to reports made to NHTSA, a heat shield can become corroded over time by road salt that eventually causes the part to become dislodged. When it becomes dislodged from the underside of the vehicle, it can obstruct the steering shaft, causing the steering wheel to lock while the car is in motion. On one occasion, this locked steering wheel caused a car to roll over. On that occasion, the driver experienced back and neck injuries after the vehicle rolled.