Is Your Ford F-150 A Lemon?
The Ford Motor Company recently announced that it would cease producing its line of sedans in order to focus on pickup trucks like the Ford F-150. The F-line is currently the best selling vehicle model in the nation. Let’s hope Ford improves the quality, safety and efficiency of the F-150, however, since the popular pick-up truck has been dogged by defects over the years. If you own or lease a Ford F-150 that has been in for numerous repairs while under the manufacturer’s warranty, you may have a lemon on your hands. At times likes this, it helps to have an experienced Lemon Law attorney on your side.
Well-versed in the applicable state Lemon Laws and federal warranty law, Timothy Abeel & Associates have a proven history of helping our clients fight back against big automakers like the Ford Motor Company. We know that you expect your F-150 to meet the automaker’s advertised safety, reliability and performance standards. Nonetheless, common problems that have been reported range from defective seat belts, door locks, and airbags to transmission and engine defects.
If you are driving a defective F-150, we will explore all of your options for compensation. Our legal team will take the time to learn about the problems affecting your Ford F-150, its repair history, and the outcome of any repair attempts. We will also conduct an investigation to determine if Ford has issued technical service bulletins or recalls in connection with the defect affecting your F-150. Regardless of the value of your claim, we will provide you with first-rate legal representation and fight to protect your rights.
Ford F-150 Defect Attorneys
If you have experienced a problem with your purchased or leased Ford F-150 that the dealer cannot, or refuses to, repair, you need an experienced consumer law attorney on your side. At Timothy Abeel & Associates, P.C., our dedicated legal team has a proven track record of pursuing successful Lemon Law claims.
We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether your F-150 had a substantial impairment that was not repaired after multiple attempts. We know that defects can have an impact on the safety and use of your vehicle and will fight to help you obtain significant compensation. It is important to remember that Ford must be given a reasonable number of attempts to make the needed repairs.
Nonetheless, if we determine your claim is valid, we will work to help you obtain a refund or replacement vehicle, or have the F-150 repurchased by Ford. Under the Lemon Laws of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, you may also be awarded attorneys’ fees and other expenses, which means you will not have any out-of-pocket legal costs.
Although Ford and its network of dealers have an obligation to properly handle repairs and fulfill vehicle warranties, you may be experiencing problems with your F-150. It takes a skilled Lemon Law attorney to protect your rights. When you come to Timothy Abeel & Associates, you can rest assured we will fight for you. Please contact our office as soon as possible to set up a free consultation.
Recent model year F-150 are experiencing the following defects:
In September 2018, Ford Motor Company announced the recall of nearly 2 million F-150s in connection with a seat belt defect that could cause vehicle fires. The recall covers 1.995 million model year 2015-2018 F-150 pickup trucks in North America, including 1.619 million in the U.S. The move came in response to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into reports of fires dues to the defect. Ford claims it has identified at least 23 reports of smoke or fire-related to the defect, but no accidents or injuries have been reported. The defect involves front-seat pretensioners that can generate excessive sparks when they deploy, triggering a fire. Dealers have been instructed to replace the seat belt pretensioners.
In April 2018, Ford announced the recall of 350,000 model year 2018 F-150s and Expeditions dues to faulty transmission gears. A defective clip that locks the gear shift cable to the transmission could result in the car shifting into a gear the driver has not chosen, such as from Park to Drive, which could cause a roll-away accident if the emergency brake is not engaged. Ford instructed dealers to inspect the defective gear shift clips and replace them as necessary.
In July 2018, Ford announced the recall of certain 2018 model year F-150 trucks for a potential fuel or oil leak. Vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter GTDI V6 engines have high-pressure fuel pump assemblies with defective welds. If the welds fracture, an oil or fuel leak can occur. Dealers have been instructed to replace the high-pressure fuel pump and associated components.
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