2024 Mustangs Recalled Over Serious Safety Hazard
Ford is calling back a limited number of new Mustangs whose brake pedals may not work.
More than 60 Ford Mustangs’ brake pedals could become loose, the company recently told federal regulators. Ford is warning owners of those vehicles not to drive the cars until they are repaired.
The cars’ brake pedal assemblies may be missing a flare on the brake pedal arm pivot tube, according to Ford.
“Missing brake pedal pivot tube flares can cause the brake pedal pivot tube to become unseated, resulting in a loose brake pedal,” Ford said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A loose brake pedal can result in a degradation or loss of braking function, which can increase the risk of a crash.”
The recall covers certain 2024 Ford Mustangs, which were produced between June and October 2023. Ford previously said it would contact owners of recalled cars by December 17. Owners also can check the NHTSA website to see if their cars are covered by the recall.
“Ford is contacting owners and instructing them not to drive their vehicle,” the company said in the defect notice. “Owners are asked to work with a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have their vehicle towed in for service. Dealers will replace the Brake Pedal and
Bracket Assembly. There will be no charge for this service.”
Defects, Safety Risks for Ford Mustang Owners
These kinds of recalls sadly are old hat for Ford and for people who drive the automaker’s cars. The company issued more recalls than any other auto manufacturer in 2022 and appears on pace to be near the top of the list for 2023.
Ford has struggled, in particular, with ensuring that Mustangs are safe to drive.
Ford announced in November that it was recalling some 35,000 electric Mustangs whose batteries could suddenly lose power. The defect increased the risk of accidents on recalled vehicles, Ford acknowledged.
The move came shortly after NHTSA launched an investigation into Ford’s previous recall of some 50,000 Mach-E electric Mustang vehicles for potential power loss. Investigators want to know whether Ford should have called back more cars and if the company adequately addressed the safety issue behind the recall.
There is some good news for Mustang owners in California, however. You have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The California lemon law generally requires carmakers to perform a wide range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty.
The law also forces manufacturers to buy back vehicles that they are unable or simply refuse to fix. That means compensating the owner for the vehicle’s purchase price, as well as financing charges, rental car costs and other related expenses.
Talk with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.