Ford Rolls Out Maverick, New Small Pickup Truck
Ford Motor Co. is hitting the road with a new small pickup truck.
Ford already has 36,000 reservations for the 2022 Maverick, according to a recent press release. The vehicle, aimed at consumers who want some of the space that comes with a pickup but not the height or bulk, is set to go on sale in the fall.
The compact truck will be smaller than the company’s F-150 full-size pickup as well as its midsize Ranger. Its price tag ranges from just under $20,000 to as much as $43,000 for the fully-loaded version.
The new truck comes as Ford is showing signs of what the New York Times calls a “revival” for the Michigan automaker. The company said it made $3.3 billion in profit in the first quarter of 2021, the most in any three-month stretch for Ford since 2011.
Still, the company has struggled to put vehicles on the road that are actually safe to drive. Like other major auto manufacturers, Ford recalls hundreds of thousands of vehicles each year because of defects that can increase the risk of a crash.
The company recently announced it is recalling more than 1,400 Explorers and Aviators over a problem with motor mounts that could detach and cause an accident. That marked the tenth recall for the current Explorer model and the sixth recall for the Aviator.
Meanwhile, federal regulators recently said some 300,000 Ford pickup trucks that were recalled over faulty tailgates may not have actually been fixed.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Car Owners
The problem is that recalls like those at Ford often are not announced until long after the covered cars have left the factory floor and been sold by dealers to buyers who have no notice that their vehicles are defective.
The good news is that the California lemon law offers some protections for car owners and lessors in the Golden State. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act generally requires carmakers to perform a full range of repairs on vehicles that are under warranty. The lemon law also obligates manufacturers to buy back - or, in some situations, replace - vehicles that the companies are unable or unwilling to repair.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback or replace requirement kicks in. That is one reason why it is important to seek the advice of a California lemon law attorney.
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