Alabama owners of 2013 Ford Escapes may be included in a recall over the crossover vehicles' engines. The concern over the potential for car accidents caused by fires in the Escape's 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine led the automaker to announce the recall of 140,000 of the vehicles in the United States. Another 21,000 Escapes were being recalled in other export markets including Canada, according to a source at Ford.
A third victim of a Nov. 2 accident on Highway 27, a 7-year-old boy, has died, according to reports. According to police at the scene, the driver at fault may have been under the influence of alcohol. The driver, who was among the deceased, had not been wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. Police have launched an investigation to determine all of the factors that led to the collision.
A court date has been set for a high profile wrongful death trial that will take place in Birmingham. The trial will begin on November 3, 2014, almost 18 months after the accident that led to the death of a child on March 22, 2013.
Alabama drivers should be aware of the risks of operating a vehicle while fatigued. One driver, who was on the way to surprise her friend in the middle of the night, learned this lesson the hard way when she crashed her vehicle after falling asleep at the wheel for just a couple seconds.