Is your Ford a lemon?

Do you have a Ford lemon? If your vehicle is still under warranty, you’re off to a good start. There are consumer protection laws both on the federal and state level for those with vehicles that are still under warranty. If you’ve taken your Ford in for multiple repair attempts while under warranty, or it’s been out of commission for an extended period while under warranty, there’s a good chance you have a Ford lemon.

Common Ford Defects

There have been numerous Ford recalls in the past, including Ford Focus recalls, Ford F-150 recalls, and the Ford airbag recall. Check the Ford recall list if you think your vehicle may be affected — you may be eligible for a Ford buyback. While these are common defects that have occurred in several different Ford models, including the F-150, Fiesta ST, Focus RS, Ford Mustang, Ford GT, Ford Fiesta, Ford Fusion, Ford Expedition, Ford Explorer, and Ford Super Duty, defects that justify bringing a lemon law claim are not limited to the list below.

  • Engine failure
  • Engine leaking oil
  • Clutch failure
  • Failing transmission
  • Rough or lagging acceleration
  • Loud suspension noise
  • Rough shifting

How Shainfeld Law Can Help

We’ve already brought several lemon law cases against Ford and won multiple Ford buybacks for our clients. It can be tricky to determine if your car really is a lemon, and manufacturers will try to get out of their responsibility to compensate you for a faulty vehicle. That’s why getting help from an expert attorney is so important. Whether your Ford is new, used, purchased or leased, give us a call.

What does “Reasonable Attempts at Repair” mean for your Ford?

In lemon law, we often say that the manufacturer has the opportunity to make a reasonable number of repairs before your vehicle can be claimed a lemon. This means that the manufacturer doesn’t get an unlimited amount of time or attempts to fix your vehicle — at a certain point, you must be compensated for the time, trouble, and expenses caused by your defective vehicle. While the number that constitutes a “reasonable number attempts” differs from state to state, in California, this criteria has been met when one of the following has happened:

  • The car’s manufacturer has been notified of the car’s problems, and they’ve made four or more unsuccessful repair attempts.
  • The car’s manufacturer has been notified, and they’ve made two or more unsuccessful repair attempts for defects that could cause death or bodily harm.
  • Your car has been out of service for more than 30 days since purchase because of repairs that still aren’t complete.

Ford Recalls

No matter how dependable a manufacturer may have a reputation for being, they are still capable of building cars with unknown defects. And when those defects are found, the manufacturer will typically issue a recall to fix the problem at no cost to the consumers who have purchased those cars.

Usually, these recalls are issued by model, manufacturing date or VIN. A recall can either be issued by the manufacturer directly or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Though Ford vehicles are often thought of as reliable American-made cars, they’ve had their fair share of manufacturing issues in the past. In fact, Ford is known for having one of the biggest recalls in history. In 1980, Ford Motor recalled 21 million cars across 10 model years for a defect that caused some vehicles to slip from “park” into “reverse.” The issue was linked to 6,000 accidents and almost 100 deaths before Ford sent out a sticker for drivers to put on their dashboard as a reminder to be more cautious.

And in 1996, Ford had another absurdly high recall, landing the manufacturer the top two slots for most recalled vehicles. This time, 7.9 million cars were recalled due to faulty ignition switches, which could short circuit and actually cause a fire in the car’s steering column.

Thankfully, the manufacturer’s way of handling recalls has come a long way in the decades since — even if they haven’t been entirely exempt from manufacturing defects. Over the last several years, Ford cars have been recalled for everything from seatbelt and headlight/taillight issues to problems with the fuel system, airbags and brakes.

Models from trucks to SUVs to sedans have all been recalled over the years. We’re listing five recent recalls from Ford, so you can check to see if your vehicle is among them. And as always, be sure to check the NHTSA or Ford websites for full details regarding Ford recalls.

Five Most Recent Ford Recalls

  1. Nearly 2 million Ford F-150s were recalled for seat belt issues that could result in a fire
  2. Ford recalled over 550,000 vehicles for faulty shifter cable bushings
  3. Over 160 Ford vehicles were recalled for front wheel studs that weren’t heat treated properly
  4. Around 200 Ford GT vehicles were recalled recently for hydraulic fuel leak issues.
  5. Ford also issued a recall for approximately 555 2018 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX cars to replace the door striker bolts.

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