Federal-Mogul has issued a recall for 22,689 replacement control arm assemblies it sold to Chrysler because a ball stud could wear through the assembly housing and cause a car accident due to the driver’s inability to control the car’s steering.
Car accident lawyers hear the “I lost the steering” defense all the time. In fact, I heard a defendant give that defense with no foundation just two weeks ago. But in this case, they might be on to something.
One thing to point out is that car manufacturers – and parts manufacturers – are typically much quicker to identify problems. It is not 1960 anymore. So for all we know, this could be Federal-Mogul just getting out in front of a problem that is likely to be resolved without anyone getting hurt from this defect.