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Representing the Rights of Ford Owners and Lessees
Ford is a storied American brand with a long history of making quality cars. From the revolutionary Model-T that has become a symbol of American modernization to the iconic Mustang that is one of the best-selling sports cars of all time, Ford has undoubtedly made its mark on the automotive industry. Not surprisingly, thousands of consumers are loyal to the Ford brand in the United States, and vehicle buyers rightfully expect that they are getting a quality product when they purchase a Ford—particularly one with a warranty.
Unfortunately, a substantial number of people end up with Ford vehicles that can only be described as “lemons.”
What is a lemon car? A lemon can mean breaking down on your way to work, waking up to a car that won’t start, breaking down on the side of the road, the transmission jerking or shuddering, or even serious, injury-causing accidents. In addition, dealing with a lemon means multiple trips to the dealer for repairs and the inconvenience involved with renting a car, getting rides with friends, or taking public transportation.
Fortunately for consumers, the California legislature has enacted a lemon law that provides consumers with certain protections. If you purchased a Ford car or truck with a warranty and have experienced significant problems with it, you may qualify for a refund or a replacement vehicle.
Attorney Sotera L. Anderson is an experienced California lemon law attorney who is committed to protecting the rights of consumers and holding manufacturers accountable for the vehicles they put on the market. To schedule a free consultation with Ms. Anderson, call her office today at 1-855-96-LEMON or send her email through her online contact form.
Common Ford Lemons
Several Ford models have shown problems that frustrated owners have reported as lemons. For example, earlier this year Ford recalled select 2018 F-150s, Expeditions, F-650s, and F-750s with 10-speed and six-speed transmissions for unseated gear shift cable clips. In addition, Ford recalled select 2017 and 2018 F-150 and 2018 Ford Expeditions, 2018 Lincoln Navigators, and 2018 Ford Mustang vehicles with 10R80 transmissions for missing transmission roll pins. You might own a Ford Focus or Fiesta with transmission problems. In fact, there is a class action for these transmission problems and, hopefully, you opted out of the class before the deadline last year (2017).
Other Ford models that could potentially show problems that may entitle you to relief under California’s lemon law include:
- Fusion Hybrid
- Focus Electric
- Focus ST
Did You Purchase a Ford Lemon?
If you purchased a Ford that you believe may be a lemon car, understanding the basics of how the lemon law works can help you.
The law covers both new and used purchased or leased vehicles that came with a warranty. Manufacturers (through their dealers) that cannot repair a vehicle with a defect covered under the warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts must replace the vehicle or repurchase it from the consumer.
The law covers the following new and used vehicles leased or sold in California with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty:
- SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, motorcycles, and cars
- Dealer demonstrator vehicles
For the lemon law to apply, the warranty must cover the problem, which in turn must substantially impair the vehicle’s use, value, or safety to the consumer. The problem cannot result from a modification, misuse, or abuse to the vehicle.
A manufacturer may argue that the warranty doesn’t apply because the problem is so minor as to not affect the use, value or, safety to the consumer—or that the consumer caused the problem through some modification like a DVD player. For this reason, if you are considering a lemon law claim you should retain an attorney for legal service, even if you presume that the court will find your car is a lemon.
What if My Ford Lemon Is out of Warranty?
Many people wonder whether they may file a lemon law claim after the warranties expire on their vehicles. Typically, the law only applies to repairs that were covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. One exception, however, exists. If the problems with your car started while it was under warranty and the manufacturer was given an opportunity to fix it before the warranty expired and you still suffered problems after the warranty expired, you may still seek relief under the California lemon law.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Ford Lemon Law Lawyer
If you purchased or leased a Ford that you believe qualifies as a lemon, talk to an attorney as soon as possible. California lemon law attorney Sotera L. Anderson will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and let you know whether she believes you have a claim.
In addition, because she takes all cases on a contingency fee basis and the lemon law allows successful consumers to collect attorneys’ fees from the manufacturer, you incur no cost at all when you retain Ms. Anderson to represent you as your auto lawyer. To be clear, you will not pay a cent for Ms. Anderson’s legal services, whether your claim is successful or not.
To schedule your free consultation and get some lawyer advice, call her office today at 1-855-96-LEMON or contact her online.