Family Blames Ford Motor Co. for Loved One’s Death

Sean Bowman, a 28-year-old Whitman, Massachusetts resident and Coast Guard veteran with two daughters, was driving to college, when his Ford Windstar’s rear axle cracked in half, sending the minivan into a building. He died as a result of the accident.

Early investigation indicated that the accident was due to the vehicle’s axle breaking in half due to corrosion. Bowman’s family says that a week after the accident they received a notice from Ford stating that the Windstar’s axle must be checked out for corrosion because it could corrode and break.

Automakers are required to notify owners of recalls by mail “within a reasonable amount of time,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is normally approximately 30 days. Ford appears to be struggling to keep up with the recall. Many repair parts are unavailable and Windstar owners have their cars at dealerships awaiting repair.

On August 27, 2010, Ford announced the recall of 575,000 model year 1998 to 2003 Windstars in the US and Canada. They have currently added another 37,000 minivans to the initial recall, and began informing owners of the additional recalled vehicles on December 6, 2010. The recall included cars that were sold in states where the heavy use of road salt can cause more corrosion, including New England.

Complaints about the Windstar axle cracks date back to at least December 2000. As of September 2010, 950 complaints about the axles were filed with the NHTSA, and the defect has been blamed for eight crashes and three injuries as of September.

The director of the Center for Auto Safety, Clarence Ditlow, stated that “It really is an ineffective recall because the vehicles are still on the road. They didn’t treat it as the safety hazard that it really is. They treated it as a business issue.”

Auto accidents are among the leading causes of deaths and injuries in our country. Victims of motor vehicle negligence may have a variety of legal remedies. At Swartz & Swartz, P.C., we have represented victims of motor vehicle negligence and automobile defects for more than three decades. Our attorneys have the proven experience and expertise, as well as numerous successes in cases involving such product liability and negligence cases. If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of the negligent design or manufacturing of a motor vehicle, and would like to speak with an experienced attorney, please contact us. We are available to answer your questions and discuss important steps in protecting your legal rights; you can call us at (617) 742-1900, or if you are outside the Boston area, call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732. You may also contact us online.

By James A. Swartz of Swartz & Swartz P.C.Permalink

This entry was posted in Car Accidents, Catastrophic Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Negligence, Products Liability, Wrongful Death and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

20 Responses to Family Blames Ford Motor Co. for Loved One’s Death

  1. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  2. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your site to check out the latest stuff you post.

  3. Ann Cappetta says:

    I like the theme you are using on your blog…

  4. Wow ! extraordinary job! i would like to read your post a great deal.Its make me to savvy more information. Thank You !

  5. Appreciating the hard work you put into your website and in depth information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  6. It’s great page, I was looking for something like this

  7. I like this website very much so much good info .

  8. Comfortably, the write-up is in reality the most beneficial on this valuable subject. I harmonise along with your conclusions and will thirstily appear forward for your coming updates. Just saying thanks will not just be adequate, for the splendid clarity inside your writing. I will immediately grab your rss feed to remain privy of any updates. Fabulous function and much good results within your business dealings!

  9. jiu jitsu says:

    I am always looking online for articles that can aid me. Thanks!

  10. cialis says:

    I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

  11. Very interesting topic, regards for putting up.

  12. Kasha Okun says:

    Splendid weblog you’ve here but I was wanting to know when you knew of any user discussion forums that cover exactly the same topics talked about in this write-up? I’d really really like to be a part of group exactly where I can get responses from other knowledgeable persons that share the same interest. In the event you have any recommendations, please let me know. A lot of thanks!

  13. Luigi Fulk says:

    Many thanks you enormously for this excellent and very valuable report. Any human being could perhaps get really superior data from this helpful content.quite fantastic work proceed to help keep it up. I am planning to bookmark this site for arrived once again in foreseeable upcoming.

  14. Can I simply say what a relief to find somebody who truly knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know methods to deliver a problem to gentle and make it important. Extra folks have to learn this and understand this facet of the story. I cant believe youre not more common because you undoubtedly have the gift.

  15. Luigi Fulk says:

    Many thanks you extremely substantially for this amazing and really academic report. Anyone will get great data from this particular content.incredibly very good perform protect it up. I am likely to bookmark this web site for arrived once more in approaching.

  16. Thanks you significantly for this wonderful and very academic publish. Any particular person may possibly get excellent info from this useful article.outstanding do the job hold it up. I’m planning to bookmark this site for arrived all over again in upcoming.

  17. Many thanks you very a lot for this fantastic and genuinely helpful write-up. Everybody could get exceptional details from this educational content.wonderful do the work maintain it up. I’m heading to bookmark this website for arrived again in foreseeable potential.

  18. I liked them on Facebook and put your giveaway on my sidebar!

  19. It is highly helpful for me. Huge thumbs up for this weblog post!

Comments are closed.