More Ford Mustang owners are set to get notices that their cars are being recalled because of serious defects.
Ford Motor Co. is calling back more than 25,000 Mustangs, the company recently told federal regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A faulty signal may disable the reverse camera, reverse light, and driver assist features on certain manual transmission vehicles, according to the company.
“The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) may broadcast an unintended faulted signal which when received by modules controlling the reverse camera, reverse light, and driver assist features, may disable these functions,” Ford said in a defect notice filed with NHTSA. “A rear view camera or reverse lamp that is disabled reduces the driver’s view of what is behind the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The company said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect.
The recall covers certain 2019 and 2020 Mustangs with manual transmissions, which were produced between January 2018 and December 2020.
Ford said it planned to notify owners of recalled cars by the end of June. The company wants owners to bring their vehicles to a local dealer for inspection and a software update, free of charge.
The recall is one of a recent trio involving Ford Mustangs.
The company said in April it was calling back some 330,000 cars whose rearview cameras may become inoperable due to loose or damaged wiring. Ford also recently recalled 50,000 Mustang Mach-E vehicles over a defect that could cause the electric cars to lose power without warning.
California Lemon Law Rights for Mustang Drivers
The good news for Mustang and other car owners in California is that you do not need to wait for a recall to get a defective or malfunctioning vehicle fixed. You have some valuable rights and options under the state’s lemon law.
The lemon law forces automakers to perform a wide variety of repairs on cars while they are under warranty. The law also requires those companies to buy back (or replace, in some cases) vehicles that they are unable or refuse to fix. That means compensating the owner for the vehicle’s purchase price, as well as financing fees, rental car costs and other related expenses.
A car manufacturer can offer to instead replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to accept or reject this alternative arrangement. An experienced lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and explore your options.
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