Faulty brakes could put Ford Mustang drivers - as well as passengers and others on the road nearby - at risk of a crash, the company recently told federal regulators.
Ford is recalling more than 38,000 Mustangs, the company said in filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Hard braking could cause those cars’ pedals to fracture, Ford says.
“The brake pedal bracket material was changed from nylon to polypropylene on vehicles with automatic transmissions which resulted in reduced robustness to spike stop loading for the particular design,” Ford said in a notice filed with NHTSA. “During a sudden stop, the driver may experience a loss of primary braking capability which could increase the risk of an accident.”
The recall covers certain 2020 automatic transmission Mustangs. Ford said it would begin notifying the owners of recalled cars in November, advising them to visit a nearby dealership to have brake pedals replaced free of charge.
The company also said it was not aware of any accidents related to the defect, so far.
Defective Vehicles, Legal Rights for Owners
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Ford has been forced to recall vehicles. In fact, many new cars come loaded with serious defects that can put people at serious risk of injury.
The company recently announced it is recalling some 600,000 vehicles over faulty rearview cameras. Last year, Ford recalled roughly 1.5 million Ford Focus vehicles because of a fuel tank problem that it said could cause engines to stall.
The good news for car owners in California is that you have some important rights under the state’s lemon law. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act generally makes car manufacturers responsible for defective and malfunctioning cars while they are under warranty.
The law requires a car manufacturer to perform a wide variety of repairs on cars that are under warranty. It also forces the company to buy back cars it is unable or unwilling to fix.
The lemon law allows a car manufacturer to instead replace a vehicle, but it is the owner’s choice whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement. A seasoned California lemon law attorney can help you enforce your rights.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a car owner stuck with a detective or malfunctioning vehicle, an experienced California lemon law attorney can help. An attorney can ensure that you understand your rights and help you explore your options to make the manufacturer responsible for the defective vehicle.
At the Bickel Law Firm, we have represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across California. We work tirelessly to get the people we represent the compensation they deserve and we have a strong track record of successful results.
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.