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