Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 650,000 F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT pickup trucks because of a defective power brake assist hose, according to an article on Consumeraffairs.com . This recall covers 2005 and 2006 model trucks with the 5.4-liter engine. These vehicles are reportedly equipped with a brake hose that may swell over time causing the hose to become detached from the intake manifold, which means the brakes could require more pressure on the brake pedal, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
So far there have been reports of 11 minor accidents caused by these faulty brake hoses. No injuries have been reported in connection with these accidents. A majority of the recalled Ford trucks – about 600,000 – have been sold in the United States and about 50,000 were sold in Canada. Ford currently does not have the parts needed to complete the repairs to correct the defects, but dealers will replace the hose at no charge to customers when the recall begins. For more information about this recall, please call Ford at (800) 392-3673 or NHTSA at (888) 327-4236.
Bear in mind that the California Lemon Law provides that when the manufacturer cannot repair a motor vehicle after a reasonable number of attempts, they must either replace the defective auto or refund the consumer’s money. Generally speaking, the manufacturer who made your defective vehicle bears the final responsibility to repurchase your lemon – be it a defective car, truck, motor home, boat, recreational vehicle or motorcycle.
If your vehicle is determined to be a lemon, you have the right to choose a refund instead of a replacement. A manufacturer cannot force you to take a replacement vehicle. You may also be able to get reimbursed for repairs, towing and rental vehicle costs. Having an experienced and competent attorney on your side can make all the difference. If you believe the car you bought is a lemon, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver for a free half hour consultation with one of our experienced California Lemon Law attorneys.