Many people consider the safety of a vehicle before making a purchase. Of course, even if a vehicle does seem safe at the time the purchase is made, issues and defects could become known later on. As a result, a seemingly safe vehicle could suddenly become dangerous, and vehicle recalls could take place as a result.

California drivers may be interested in a current recall that is affecting approximately 1.5 million Ford F-150 pickup trucks. According to reports, this model of truck made during the time span from 2011 through 2013 is experiencing issues related to the transmission. The six-speed automatic transmission in the trucks may suddenly shift into first gear, which may cause drivers to lose control. At the time of the report, at least five accidents had occurred as a result.

Of those crashes, at least one person was injured after suffering whiplash. Owners of this model truck manufactured during the affected years are advised to take their trucks to their nearest dealers for updates. Of the 1.5 million trucks affected, approximately 1.26 million of those are in the United States.

Vehicle recalls can help ensure that defects are addressed, but in many cases, the recalls do not take place before serious accidents and injuries occur. If California residents have been negatively affected by this recall or other vehicle defects, they may want to consider their legal options. Consulting with attorneys experienced in the state’s lemon laws may help concerned individuals better understand their cases and their possible ability to seek restitution for damages.