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The Ford Motor Company, or simply “Ford,” is an American multinational automaker. Founded in 1903, it has become one of the largest and most profitable carmakers in the world today. With a range that spans from sedans to trucks, crossovers to hybrids; this iconic company manufactures many types of vehicles for every lifestyle imaginable.

 

If you have had multiple issues with your Ford vehicle throughout the warranty period, there is a good chance that you are driving a lemon. Under California’s lemon law, the manufacturer must promptly repurchase or replace a vehicle if it is deemed a lemon. You have the right to receive a refund or a replacement. Speak to a qualified lemon law lawyer today who can help you preserve your rights. Call us at (818)242-4601 for a free case review.

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Are You Driving a Ford Lemon?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Ford’s vehicles are generally safe to drive and have lower death rates than other automakers. However, this is not to say that Ford doesn’t have their share of lemon automobiles.

Ford owners that experience persistent issues with their vehicle while under warranty are entitled to file a lemon law claim. The California lemon law is found under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (“Song Beverly”) found at California Civil Code Section 1790 et. seq.. If your claim is successful, Ford Motor Company must either provide a new vehicle or refund your money if they cannot fix the problem after a “reasonable number” of repair attempts.

 

A vehicle is presumed a lemon if the problems start within 18,000 miles or 18-months of delivery (whatever comes first), the problem must be reported to the manufacturer (according to the warranty of the owner’s manual), the problem has not been fixed after four or more attempts, or the problem is not fixed after two or more attempts if the issue causes death or serious injury. In addition, if the vehicle is out for service for more than 30 days, the car may be presumed to be a lemon.

 

The process is straightforward, though never a smooth one. This is why it is crucial to have an experienced lemon law attorney on your side to help you navigate the process.

Ford Common Defects

Consumers have experienced numerous Issues with Ford vehicles, including things like:

  • Persistent engine leaks of oil and other fluids
  • Clunky or shuddering transmissions
  • Total transmission failure
  • Extensive suspension noise
  • Recurring engine stalling
  • Lagging acceleration
  • Engine grinding sounds
  • Complete engine failure

 

All of these issues can have a significant effect on your Ford’s safety, usability, and value. If you have had more than one issue with any of these items within the warranty period, your vehicle may be considered a “lemon.”

 

While it may come as a surprise, Ford has been sued over almost all of their vehicles, including the:

 

  • F-450
  • F-350
  • F-250
  • F-150
  • Ford Mustang
  • Ford Flex
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Taurus
  • Ford Ranger
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Does My Ford Qualify As A Lemon?

For your Ford to be considered a lemon, the following must apply:

 

• The defect (and subsequent complaint) must have first taken place while the vehicle was under the manufacturer’s warranty.

• You must have provided the dealership a reasonable opportunity to fix the defect. A reasonable opportunity may be as little as 2 repair attempts if the defect can foreseeably cause serious bodily injury or death.

Can my Used Ford Qualify as a Lemon?

In short yes, a used vehicles can also be considered a lemon if the defect (and subsequent complaint to the dealership) occurred while under the manufacturer’s warranty, the dealership was provided with a reasonable opportunity to repair the defect and you are within the applicable statute of limitations to file the claim.

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Experienced Ford Lemon Law Attorney

Lemon law cases can be complicated, so if your issue isn’t resolved by the dealership or manufacturer quickly, don’t hesitate to contact an attorney who specializes in lemon law claims for help. The sooner you take action on your claim of a defective vehicle, the better off you will be.

 

Hiring an experienced attorney specializing in lemon law claims may result in getting compensation for your car problems without having to go through lengthy court proceedings. An experienced lawyer can provide legal advice regarding filing a complaint against Ford Motor Company or another automaker under California’s “Lemon Law” statute. Contact the lemon law lawyers at The Law Offices of Alisa Goukasian today or contact us for a free consultation.