Flying Roof Risk Sparks Ford Mustang Electric SUV Recall
Ford Motor Co. recently informed some 18,000 electric sport utility vehicle owners that their cars’ windshields and roofs could fly off unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.
The company is recalling certain Mustang Mach-E vehicles to fix the issue, Ford recently told both owners and federal regulators. It said it had yet to identify the specific cause of the defect, which could cause windshields and roofs to detach while driving or in the event of a collision.
“The windshield may not stay adequately retained in a crash, which may
increase the risk of injury to an occupant in a crash,” Ford said in a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The company said it was not yet aware of any accidents or injuries caused directly by the defect. It is asking owners of recalled cars into a local dealer for a fix, free of charge.
“The windshield will be removed and reinstalled using standard service
procedures using the properly formulated materials,” Ford said in the NHTSA report.
This is not Ford’s first rodeo when it comes to recalling massive numbers of vehicles over serious safety concerns.
The company announced in November 2020, for example, that it was recalling 38,000 Mustangs because of faulty brakes that Ford said could increase the risk of a crash. The company is currently facing a federal investigation into whether Ford slowplayed its recall of some 620,000 vehicles with malfunctioning rearview cameras.
Malfunctioning Vehicle? Know Your California Lemon Law Rights
The good news for Ford and other car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law gives you some powerful rights to force car manufacturers into action.
The lemon law generally requires automakers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces manufacturers to buy back - or, sometimes, replace - covered vehicles that they refuse or are unable to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as financing fees and other related costs.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that a person must make before the buyback (or replace) requirement kicks in. That is one of several reasons why it is important to consult a seasoned attorney who has experience assisting people in lemon law cases.
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