Ford Motor Company is once again pumping the brakes on its new car output.
The company recently announced that it will slow production of new cars at eight factories in North America. Ford cited the ongoing semiconductor shortage for the move, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“The global semiconductor shortage continues to affect global automakers and other industries in all parts of the world," John Savona, Ford vice president of manufacturing and labor affairs, said in a letter to company employees that was obtained by the Free Press.
The shortage is the result of a confluence of events, largely driven by the coronavirus pandemic. Automakers reduced their orders for the chips at the start of the pandemic, expecting a steep decline in demand. As the pandemic eased and stay-at-home orders were lifted, manufacturers looked to ramp back up. But chip suppliers had shifted to serving consumer electronics makers.
As a result, car inventories are shrinking to the lowest level that some dealers say they have ever seen, according to The Detroit News. Ford and others have also dialed down their production and revenue projections.
Car Defects, California Lemon Law Rights
As production slows, Ford and other auto manufacturers are still having a hard time ensuring that the vehicles they put on the road are actually safe to drive. Millions of vehicles are recalled around the world each year because of a variety of defects that pose serious safety risks.
Ford, for example, recently announced that it is recalling some 775,000 vehicles because of a steering issue that the company said could cause drivers to lose control of their cars. The decision reportedly came after reports of at least six related accidents in which people were injured.
Fortunately, the California lemon law helps protect car owners in the Golden State. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires manufacturers to do a wide range of repairs on cars while they are under warranty. It also forces the companies to buy back or potentially replace covered vehicles that they cannot or will not fix.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made in order for the buyback or replace requirement to kick in. That is one reason why it is important to consult a California lemon law attorney.
How a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Help
If you have been stuck with a defective vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you understand your rights and take action.
Our firm has represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state. Our lawyers work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent, guiding them through the legal process every step of the way.