Potential Electrical Shorts, Steering, Stalling, and Airbag Problems Lead to Ford and Chrysler Vehicle Recalls

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Thousands of vehicles are being recalled in separate campaigns by Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC due to potential defects, CNN reports. Chrysler has announced the recall of almost 145,000 trucks and crossover wagons in three separate campaigns due to potential problems relating to steering, stalling, and airbag inefficiency. Ford is recalling about 19,600 trucks and crossover SUVs due to an electrical short that could cause a fire.

The recall of certain Ford 2011 model year F-150 trucks, Super Duty trucks (F-250 through F-550) as well as Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles was initiated after fires broke out in the cabs of two F-150 trucks at a Michigan assembly plant in November and December.

Investigation into the Ford electric short revealed a body control module manufactured by Lear Corp. to be the source of the problem. It was also determined that in at least one incident, a circuit board shorted, leading to a vehicle overheating. Lear Corp. later discovered that an employee had improperly cleaned a soldering machine over the course of six days in October, increasing the chances of modules being contaminated and leading to internal shorts, overheating, and subsequent fires. No known fires related to the recalled Ford vehicles have been reported. Ford has stated that affected owners will be notified the week of January 10 and are advised to take their vehicles to their local dealers to establish whether the module was manufactured during the time frame in question and if repair is needed.

Anyone who has ever experienced problems with their car understands how much of a headache it can be, especially when a car must be taken in for multiple repairs for the same problem. What many consumers don’t realize, however, is that they may be entitled to a replacement vehicle or reimbursement under the California lemon law. Howard D. Silver has been helping consumers with lemon vehicles for many years and may be able to assist you with your specific issue. For a free consultation with a skilled lemon law attorney in California, call (855) 341-2611 today.


Posted Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015