The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) have opened an investigation (PE16-003) into brake fluid leaks in certain 2013- 2014 Ford F-150 pickup trucks equipped with 3.5L engines. There have been approximately 35 driver reports of reduced braking due to brake fluid leaks from the master cylinder into the brake booster. The complaints allege symptoms of brake pedal going to the floor with complete loss of brake effectiveness, an illuminated brake warning lamp, and/or low or empty master cylinder reservoir fluid level with no visible leakage. Continue reading

Ford will be asking a small number of 2015 Ford Mustang owners to return to their dealerships for a problem affecting the braking system. During installation of the Roush Extreme Duty Half Shafts, the caliper guide pin bolts may have not been torqued to the proper specification. The loose caliper guide pin bolt could result in unusual noises from the rear wheels and partial loss of the rear braking system. Continue reading

Ford will be asking the owners of certain 2010-2011 Fusion and Milan cars to return to their dealerships to repair a defect affecting the fuel system. According to reports, some cars may have an evaporative emissions canister purge valve (CPV) that may develop an internal leak and allow excessive vacuum to build up in the fuel tank. Repeated cycles of this condition could cause cracks to develop in the fuel tank. Drivers may detect a smell of fuel around the vehicle, observe a fuel puddle under the fuel tank, and/or experience a malfunction indicator light (MIL) illumination. Continue reading

The Law Offices of Delsack & Associates, P.C. were contacted by the owner of a 2012 Ford Fiesta experiencing repeated problems. Our client had purchased the Fiesta in September 2011 and was experiencing safety related problems with the transmission. The vehicle was difficult to shift, would shutter, and often slip out of gear while driving. After giving her Ford dealership four (4) opportunities to repair the problems she decided to contact us for advice. Continue reading

During thermal management testing of certain 2015 Ford Mustang vehicles with 2.3L engines, elevated fuel tank surface temperatures were observed. To investigate, Ford performed additional thermal management testing on all engine variants and multiple vehicles. The investigation found that prolonged exposure to elevated under body temperatures can cause degradation of the fuel tank, fuel vapor lines, and parking brake cable seals. Leaks within these systems could result in a vehicle fire or degraded parking brake functions. Continue reading

The owner of a 2012 Ford Mustang with multiple safety defects, recently contacted the Law Offices of Delsack & Associates, P.C. looking for advice about her vehicle and the California Lemon Law. She purchased her Mustang in July 2011 and had been trying to get it fixed since August 31, 2011. A Ford dealer had been given at least four (4) opportunities to repair the problems which included: defective suspension, defective control arms, defective transmission, defective power windows, and a defective wheel alignment. Continue reading

According to a recent investigation report, the NHTSA have opened a probe into the 2013 recall of certain 2011-2012 Ford F-350, F-450, and F-550 Ambulance package vehicles equipped with a 6.7L diesel engines. In October 2013 these vehicle were recalled due to an exhaust sensor problem that led drivers to experience loss of power followed by an engine stall. To date, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has experienced 30 more complaints affecting vehicles both within and outside the scope of the subject recall. Continue reading

A defect affecting certain 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC SUVs will have approximately 10,000 owners returning to their dealers to have their fuel pump replaced. According to reports filed with the NHTSA, contamination due to improper nickel plating could cause excessive pump friction and eventual pump failure. The engine could stall without warning and/or fail to start. An engine stall without warning while driving could increase the risk of an accident. Continue reading

A poorly placed ignition button will have owners of certain 2015 Lincoln MKC returning to their dealership to have the problem repaired. According to reports, the ignition button could be accidentally pressed as drivers reach to shift gears or use the dashboard touch screen. The engine may shut off while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the likelihood of an accident. There have been no reports of injury related to the problem, but two complaints by consumers on the NHTSA website say they have accidentally pushed the button and shut off the engine while driving. Continue reading