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Ford Calls Back Mustangs Over Fuel Line Leaks

» Posted April 12, 2024Resources | Share This Post

Another day, another car recall from Ford Motor Co. This time it is because some vehicles could go up in flames.

The automaker recently told federal car safety regulators that certain 2024 Ford Mustangs are at increased risk of fires. The company is blaming a supplier, which it says may have damaged low-pressure fuel lines during the manufacturing process.

“In some of the affected vehicles, the low-pressure fuel supply line may be cut or damaged,” Ford said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “This damage can result in liquid fuel leakage in the engine compartment.”

“Liquid fuel and/or vapor that accumulates near a sufficiently hot surface may ignite, resulting in an underhood fire and increasing the risk of injury,” the company added.

The recall covers fewer than 400 vehicles, Ford said.

The company said it planned to notify owners of recalled cars by mid-April. Mustang drivers can also check NHTSA’s website to see if their vehicles are covered by the recall. 

Ford will ask owners to bring their vehicles to authorized service providers for inspection and repair, replacing fuel line assemblies.

Ford Recalls Continue at a Fast Clip

These kinds of safety problems have become all too common for Ford. The company issued more recalls than any other auto manufacturer in each of the last two years.

Ford has struggled, in particular, with ensuring that Mustangs are safe to drive.

The automaker called back a small number of Mustangs earlier this year, citing loose brake pedals. It also warned owners not to drive the cars until they are repaired.

Late last year, Ford announced it was recalling some 35,000 electric Mustangs because their batteries could suddenly lose power. It also acknowledged that the defect increased the risk of accidents involving the vehicles.

The move came shortly after the NHTSA launched an investigation into Ford’s earlier recall of some 50,000 Mach-E electric Mustangs over power loss concerns. Investigators are investigating whether Ford should have called back more cars and whether the company adequately addressed the safety issue behind the recall.

Know Your Rights Under California's Lemon Law

Good news for Ford owners in California: Under the state’s lemon law, you have important rights and protections. 

The lemon law, known formally as the Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, requires carmakers to perform a full slate of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces those companies to buy back (or replace, in some cases) cars that they cannot or flat-out refuse to fix. 

There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must happen before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. An experienced lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and take action.

Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney

If you are a car owner or lessor stuck with a lemon or locked in a dispute with a manufacturer over repairs, the lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. 

Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a lawyer today.

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