The Ford Motor Company has settled a class-action lawsuit in California, Illinois, Connecticut and Texas regarding its 1991-2001 models of the Explorer sports utility vehicle (SUV), which has come under fire for being prone to rollovers. The claimants have said the Ford Motor Company used false advertising to sell the SUV. They knew the automobile was prone to rollovers, but marketed it as a safe car anyway. In the past decade, Ford Motor Company has faced many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits from people across the nation due to the Explorer SUV.
Each customer affected by this settlement will be given either a five hundred dollar voucher for a new Explorer or a three hundred dollar voucher for another model of car by Ford or Lincoln Mercury to purchase an electronic stability control system. This control system automatically applies brakes when it senses the vehicle is skidding out of control and helps stabilize to prevent rollovers. These vouchers can be used not only by the customer affected, but can be transferred to any consumer in the voucher owner’s state. Ford also has to cut back on their “safety” advertising and distribute information to customers explaining the rollover dangers of the vehicle. With the new settlement reached, it is believed more rollover accidents will be avoided because consumers will know to be more careful while driving the Explorer SUV. A new area of the Ford Motor Company website will be created for people to apply for vouchers.
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