Ford Recalling 2019 Rangers Over Shift Problems
We’re only a few months into 2019, but car makers are already reaching out to new vehicle owners about possible safety hazards.
Ford Motor Co. recently told the owners of some 2019 Rangers that the company wants to take another look at the vehicles because of concerns about their transmission shifter interlock override feature. The company is recalling some 3,000 of the mid-size pickup trucks for inspection and maintenance.
The override feature keeps the transmission in place. It locks the transmission in when the car is stopped and doesn’t allow the transmission to move into drive, reverse or neutral unless the car is running and the driver’s foot is on the brake. A malfunctioning system would likely create significant safety hazards, for example by moving the transmission into reverse or neutral unexpectedly.
The company says it’s not aware of any accidents related to the defect. It launched the recall as a preventative measure.
Ford recently recalled 1.5 million Focus vehicles over a fuel tank problem that it said could cause the cars to unexpectedly stall. It also recently informed owners it wants to take another look at some 1.5 million F-150 trucks because of improper downshifting blamed for at least five accidents.
How the California Lemon Law Works
Recalls like those at Ford are unfortunately far too common. They show just how many cars are sold and leased with no warning that the vehicles may be defective.
That’s why California’s lemon law play such an important role in protecting people who buy or lease an automobile. The law generally requires a manufacturer to make efforts to repair a car while it’s under warranty. If the repairs are not successful, the car maker has to either replace the vehicle or compensate the owner or lessor for the purchase price and other expenses.
To ensure that you’re covered by the law, you must take certain steps to try to get the car repaired while it’s under warranty. You also have to document those efforts, as well as any signs that the repair work wasn’t successful. A seasoned California lemon law attorney can provide important assistance throughout the process.
How an Experienced California Lemon Law Lawyer Can Help
If you’re a California car owner driving a lemon, it’s a good idea to talk with an experienced lawyer to consider your rights an options.
The California Lemon Law attorneys at the Bickel Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state. We focus largely on this area of the law and we are dedicated to helping clients get back on the road.
Our offices are conveniently located in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with an attorney.