Ford F-150 Lightning Still on Track, Automaker Says
Reports of Ford’s new electric F-150 Lightning pickup trucks being delayed are greatly exaggerated, according to the auto manufacturer.
“There is no delay to delivery timing of the #F150Lightning,” Ford spokeswoman Emma Bergg recently tweeted. “Customer deliveries are on track to start in spring 2022.”
The news came after chatter on message boards and social media suggested that the new trucks’ initial delivery would be pushed back to September 2022. Some 150,000 buyers have preordered the trucks.
“The good news for Ford is regardless of a delay or not, the F-150 Lighting is on track to beat Tesla’s Cybertruck to the market, since it still has yet to set an actual date for delivery,” Jalopnik’s Lawrence Hodge reports.
Hodge points out that it is a good time for good news for Ford, which has seen other new car rollouts recently stumble. The new Bronco and Mustang E-Mach were marred by manufacturing snafus that prompted recalls.
Recalls, Safety Risks and Car Owners’ Rights
The Lightning timing questions come as Ford continues to have a hard time ensuring that the cars it puts on the road are actually safe to drive.
Ford announced in early 2021 that it was recalling some 3 million vehicles across various models because of dangerous airbags that could explode and injure drivers and passengers. Meanwhile, federal regulators are looking into whether the company slowplayed a decision to recall some 620,000 vehicles over faulty rearview cameras.
Ford is not alone. The world’s largest auto manufacturers recall millions of vehicles each year because of serious defects that pose real safety threats to everyone on the road. These recalls are often announced long after cars have left factories and been sold to unsuspecting buyers.
That is where the California lemon law comes in. Many car owners - and lessors - in the Golden State do not need to wait for a recall to get malfunctioning cars repaired, thanks to the lemon law.
The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act generally requires car manufacturers to perform a wide range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also obligates manufacturers to buy back covered vehicles that they cannot or are unable to fix. That includes compensating the owner or lessor or the cost of buying the vehicle - down payments, monthly payments, financing fees, etc - and other related expenses.
A manufacturer can offer to replace the vehicle, rather than buy it back. It is up to the owner or lessor, however, to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
How a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help You
If you have been stuck with a detective or malfunctioning vehicle, an experienced California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. We have represented hundreds of clients across the state in a wide variety of defective vehicle cases.
Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a California lemon law attorney today.