Ford F-150 Rollover Accidents

In 1975, Ford Motor Company released the first Ford F-150 onto the market. Designed to handle rugged roads and carry heavy cargo, it seemed like an ideal vehicle for work and personal use. It has since gone through multiple remodels over the years and remains one of the most popular vehicles in the Ford lineup. Unfortunately, the Ford F-150 also has a history of poor safety performance as one of the most rollover-prone trucks on the market.

Common Ford F-150 Rollover Problems

The Ford F-150 is a truck with what is known as a high-sided body, which makes it have a higher center of gravity than most trucks. This high center of gravity is similar to the problem with the Ford Explorer, another rollover prone vehicle from Ford. In addition to the high center of gravity, other features of the F-150 that make it dangerous include:

Potentially defective door latches The latches on the doors of the F-150 have been known to pop open during rollover accidents, sometimes causing passengers to be thrown from the vehicle
Weak roof pillars Strong roof pillars are essential in protecting passengers from roof crush during a rollover. Because of the F-150s rollover reputation, strong pillars are all the more necessary.

The problems with the F-150 are well known by many authorities in the field of motor vehicle safety. According to a former president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the crash safety test performance of the Ford F-150 is as bad as it gets. In these tests, fake passengers were consistently thrown from the vehicle, and roof pillars consistently did not withstand the impact of a rollover.

If you or a loved one was injured in a rollover accident in an F-150 or other vehicle, you could be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a skilled car accident lawyer to discuss your legal rights today.