Flying Windshield Risks Prompts Ford Bronco, Ranger Recall
Ford Motor Co. recently announced yet another car recall over a serious defect that increases safety risks for drivers, passengers and anyone else involved in an accident.
The company is recalling some 63,000 Ford Bronco sport utility vehicles and Ranger pickup trucks. The vehicle’s windshield could fly off in the event of a collision because the glass was not properly bonded, Ford told federal regulators.
“The windshield may not stay adequately retained in a crash, which may increase the risk of personal injury in a crash,” Ford said in a defect report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall covers certain 2022 Bronco and Ranger vehicles built between December 2021 and April 2022, when the defect was first detected.
The company told NHTSA that it planned to notify owners of recalled vehicles by mid-July. Ford is asking those owners to bring their vehicles to a local dealer to have the windshields removed and reinstalled, free of charge.
Ford also warned drivers to be on the lookout for signs of the defect.
“Affected vehicles could exhibit increased wind noise or water leaks,” the company said.
Other Ford Recalls Highlight Safety Risks
Unfortunately, this is not the only safety issue for Ford drivers.
The company announced in June that it is recalling 50,000 Mustang Mach-E vehicles over a defect that could cause the electric cars to lose power without warning. In April, Ford said it was calling back some 330,000 Mustangs over faulty rearview cameras whose wiring may be loose or damaged. Ford acknowledged that the defect violates federal safety standards and increases the risk of a crash.
Ford is not alone. The world’s major car manufacturers recall millions of vehicles around the world every year, citing a wide range of defects that put people’s safety at risk.
How California's Lemon Law Works
The good news is that car owners in California do not have to wait around for a recall to get defective vehicles fixed. You have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The California lemon law generally requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces them to buy back covered vehicles that they are not able or are unwilling to fix. A manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
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