Ford Bronco Rollover Lawyer
Years of excitement surrounding the return of another one of America’s SUV icons has been building. This Fall, Ford is reintroducing the Ford Bronco to consumers after ceasing production of the vehicle in 1996. The Bronco was produced for 40 years before being discontinued. Known as a great off-roading vehicle, it was also extremely dangerous. Removable hard top roofs, high center of gravity, and a multitude of safety issued resulting in thousands of Ford Bronco rollovers over the last 55 years. So the question today is, will the new Ford Bronco be at a high risk of rollover accidents?
New Ford Bronco Rollover Risks
Most people old enough to remember, recognize that the Ford Bronco was never a safe vehicle. And the Bronco II Ford produced was one of the most dangerous rollover prone vehicles ever made. An estimated 260 people died and thousands more were injured in Bronco II rollover crashes.
The new 2021 Ford Bronco 2 and 4 door models are equipped with the Ford Safety Canopy System. It uses a rollover sensor combined with airbags to protect the head and neck of passengers in case of a rollover accident. Unlike traditional airbags, these airbags are designed to stay inflated for multiple seconds in the event a Ford Bronco rollover occurs. The effectiveness of this system will be tested when the new Bronco hits the market this fall and consumers begin driving in real world conditions.
The Ford Bronco, compared to other vehicles, will still sit higher, have a shorter wheelbase than other available SUVS, and be prone to rolling over more often. It is hard to defy gravity. The owners of these vehicles are likely to put larger than stock tires on them, further raising the vehicle. Lift kits, large tires, and roof racks with luggage, all accentuate that problem of raising the center of gravity. While testing may show the Bronco is leaps and bounds safer than older models, the danger of a rollover will always remain with a tall and large SUV like the Ford Bronco.
Ford Bronco Rollover Crash Tests
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have not tested or released the Ford Bronco crash test results as of September 2020. The Ford Bronco has the ability for its doors and roof to be removed. Like the Jeep Wrangler, this vastly decreases the integrity of the roof structure and side wall structure to protect occupants during a side impact accident or rollover accident. We can only hope Ford was smart enough this time around not to endanger drivers and passengers with faulty support pillars that won’t holdup in a rollover accident. Fortunately, todays vehicle standards for roof strength are much stronger than when the original Broncos and Bronco II’s were being produced.
Ford Bronco Rollover Lawsuit
If you or a loved one purchased a new generation Ford Bronco and later were involved in rollover accident which resulted in severe injuries or loss of life, you may not be at fault. Design defects of the new Ford Bronco may have enhanced your injuries or led to the loss of life of a loved one. Ford is sacrificing a lot of safety systems like side curtain airbags and side impact airbags to achieve the rugged and open look and get the profits they want. Contact the Rollover Lawyers at the Willis Law Firm for a private and confidential case consultation to see if a Ford Bronco rollover lawsuit against Ford is appropriate for you or your family. Fill out the form or call us today at 1-800-883-9858.