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The Ford company is recalling thousands of Explorer SUVs sold in Colorado and beyond due to a manufacturing defect. The rear suspension is vulnerable to corrosion, which can cause the suspension to crack and make it harder for the driver to control their steering. If this happens, the driver could get into an accident on the highway.

What should you do if you own a Ford Explorer?

The recall applies to Ford Explorers manufactured from 2012 to 2017. These auto defects could potentially be deadly, so if you own an affected vehicle, you might want to stop driving it immediately. Over 375,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada are part of the recall.

If you’re not sure if your vehicle is part of the recall, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to see if the recall applies to your vehicle. You can also get in touch with the manufacturer. To repair your vehicle, you can take it to the dealership and have them replace parts of the suspension. The risk seems to be small with Ford reporting only 13 accidents and six injuries. Still, it’s better to take precautions to keep yourself safe on the road.

What should you do if you’re in an accident?

While some auto defects are minor, others can have serious consequences for the driver. Vehicle failures and defects can cause car accidents, severe injuries and fatalities. Common issues include defective brakes, poorly mounted tires and badly installed air bags.

If your vehicle is defective, you could end up in an accident through no fault of your own. An attorney may help you bring awareness to the issue and sue the manufacturer for physical and emotional damages. Your report might trigger a recall that helps other drivers stay safe on the highway.