Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box and some ads will disappear once registered!

Ford Lawsuit yields 350 mil

Discussion in 'Auto Industry News' started by wpurple, June 3, 2004.

^^Searches ExplorerForum.com^^



Do Not Sell My Personal Information



  1. Ford_Racing_Guy

    Ford_Racing_Guy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    September 22, 2003
    Messages:
    1,860
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    48
    City, State:
    Spencer, Wisconsin
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '92 XLT & '98 XLT AWD
    ^ i agree
     
  2. Support EF

    Join the Elite Explorers for $20.

    Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.



  3. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

    Joined:
    November 17, 2003
    Messages:
    1,578
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    46
    City, State:
    Itasca IL
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '96 XLT 4.0L OHV
    IMO, what this boils down to is a severe lack of driver training. Driver's Education as a high school class (or private lessons) is a waste of time and taxpayer's money. When my kids are ready to earn their driver's license, part of their training will be a high performance driver's school (that will include a refresher course for me). I cannot tell you how many potential accident situations I've avoided because of the education and training I recieved while earning my SCCA competition license.

    BTW, who do you think is going to pay for that judgement against Ford? That's right, the consumer. Ford will simply raise the price on every vehicle it sells by .1% and make that cash right back.

    Just my $0.02 - Dave.
     
  4. jayhawkexplorer

    jayhawkexplorer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    August 21, 2003
    Messages:
    1,213
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Mission, Kansas
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '97 XLT
    I would love to see some real evidence that suggests the Explorer is more prone to rollover then the 4Runner, Cherokee, etc of the same era. To me, Ford has taken the heat because of the Firestone situation and the fact that there are MANY more Explorers on the road then any other SUV. Those factors made Ford a better target then any other manufacturer.

    BBQ_Hot Dogs, I realize how sad a situation you've had to deal with, but if you don't mind, I'd like to hear how the accident happened and what your opinion is on who was at fault. If you blame Ford, it would surprise me that you're spending the amount of money you are on your own Explorer.
     
  5. BBQ_HotDogs

    BBQ_HotDogs A Man Without Wheels

    Joined:
    December 9, 2003
    Messages:
    3,049
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Houston, Texas
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    98 Eddie Bauer (R.I.P.)
    My sister-in-law left my house Sunday afternoon after we did a weekend garage sell. On her way home that night she took a back road, country road to be exact. A deer jumped out in front of the truck. She swerved to miss hitting the deer and the Explorer rolled. Her speed was around 40 to 45 mph. We haven't discussed this too much with her because it is so tragic and we don't think she is ready to discuss all of the details yet. But that is what I know. The road was only a double wide, meaning 1 lane going in both directions, your standard road paved with concrete. She did not leave the road either, her tire tracks show the vehicle stayed on pavement the whole time till it rolled. Then it left and went off the road. Worst thing was, she was holding her oldest, the one that passed away, in her lap as people drove by. She tried to flag someone down for help, all of the jackasses just kept on going. At least someone was smart enough to call 911 for assistance. She said she was there for about 40 to 45 minutes before the police and ambulance arrived. It's very sad.

    Edit to add this;

    I see allot of "opinions" here, and that is exactly what they are, opinions. I looked at the site of the accident. I can see and have seen deer jump out from no where in front of vehicles because they get blinded and spooked. There was no reason for that vehicle to roll. It should have slid if anything. I also don't beleive that there are any 2 vehicles exactly alike. Tire pressure and wear has allot to do with the way a vehicle reacts in a split second. Her tires were at proper levels as recommended by both Ford and the maker of the tires, trust me, they checked them and documented all evidence. The police officer who did the investigation did not blame driver error either. Every incident is different. That's why they call them "accidents" and for someone to try and make an opinion on a circumstance without knowing "all" of the details, is nothing more than an opinion. That is why we have courts today with a judge and a jury. To hear "all" of the evidence and see pictures of exactly what happened. No one can sit and make a fair decision on any accident with a fatality without knowing "everything". Tire thread condition, tire pressure, brand of tires, road condition, surface of road, rate of speed, condition of the vehicle's suspension, vehicle's weight at the time of the accident, and on and on. But you get the picture, I hope. Does my opinion in this case really matter as to whom I blame? Why did I lose my nephew when a vehicle should have remained on all 4's instead of rolling over? (Only my opinion from what I know) Will my Explorer roll over if the exact same situation should occur? Many questions and "no one" can give the correct answer until it actually happens. And then, 2 vehicles that are the exact makes and models with different drivers will give different results. Am I worried I could be next, or even worse, my 10 year old daughter? Hell yes I am. But when it is my time, I am ready to meet my maker.... That was one of the main reasons I decided to lower my vehicle with the Explorer Express X-Spec Kit and widen my tires and wheels.
     
    Last edited: June 18, 2004
  6. jayhawkexplorer

    jayhawkexplorer Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    August 21, 2003
    Messages:
    1,213
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Mission, Kansas
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    '97 XLT
    Thanks for the response BBQ. Your family is in my prayers. In that situation, it certainly sounds like there was a problem with the truck.
     
  7. BBQ_HotDogs

    BBQ_HotDogs A Man Without Wheels

    Joined:
    December 9, 2003
    Messages:
    3,049
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    City, State:
    Houston, Texas
    Year, Model & Trim Level:
    98 Eddie Bauer (R.I.P.)
    Thank you. And keep in mind that is just 1 instance. There are many more and without knowing "all" of the details, it's hard to sit here and say who is at fault, the driver, tires, or the Explorer. I mean who knows, if she would have been in my Explorer, it might have gripped the road and took her out of it, someone elses Explorer may not have even reacted and just hit the deer, knocking it into the windshield or something, and then someone else's completely different Explorer may have done the same exact things but then rolled even more and could have even caught on fire and killed everyone. Just too many small things can change each and every situation and without knowing all of the facts, no one can make a call and say driver error or Explorer error. In my opinion, that's just silly to even try.
     

Share This Page







We Support Our Troops!