Ford Calls Back Super Duty Trucks, Citing Rear Axle Problem
At this point, it must be starting to feel like deja vu for Ford drivers.
The automaker - whose vehicles are the most recalled across the country - is calling back more vehicles, citing yet another serious safety problem. This time, it is certain Super Duty F250 and F350 trucks whose rear axles could break.
“A broken rear axle could result in a loss of motive power and inability to hold the vehicle in park,” Ford said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in the unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of injury or crash.”
The recall covers nearly 42,000 Super Duty F250 and F350 pickup trucks produced between March and August of this year.
Ford plans to notify owners of recalled vehicles by mail by October 20, the company told NHTSA. It will ask owners to bring their vehicles to local dealers for inspection and repair.
“Owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the left rear axle shaft inspected,” Ford said. “Rear axle shafts with a suspect date code will be replaced. There will be no charge for this service.”
Ford announced a total of 67 separate recalls in 2022, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show, far surpassing the 45 recalls by the next closest manufacturer, Volkswagen.
The slew of recalls has continued this year.
The company recently announced that it is calling back nearly 19,000 Super Duty trucks over malfunctioning cameras, for example. The move came months after Ford announced it was recalling some 15,000 Fusion PHEVs that could lose power and catch fire.
California Ford Owners: Know Your Legal Rights
While Ford may be the most usual suspect when it comes to calling back cars, the automaker is not alone. The world’s largest carmakers recall millions of vehicles every year, citing various defects that pose real safety risks.
That is where the California lemon law comes in. Car owners and lessors in the Golden State do not need to wait for a recall to get defective and malfunctioning vehicles fixed.
Formally known as the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, the lemon law forces car manufacturers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also requires those companies to buy back vehicles that they cannot or will not fix. That includes covering the purchase price, financing fees and other related expenses.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must happen before the buyback or replacement requirement kicks in. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and take action.
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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.
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