On April 27, 2016 Ford Motor Co. announced a recall of 202,000 vehicles for transmission issues. The transmission recall covers the wildly popular 2011 and 2012 F-150 and the 2012 Expedition, Mustang and Lincoln Navigator. Ford is also recalling more than 81,000 Explorer SUVs to fix a rear suspension problem. Both of these problems are significant and could impact vehicles especially in the Northern Virginia region where we deal with some of the nation’s most severe traffic and rack up significant miles.
Only a few days prior, on April 22, Fiat Chrysler announced a recall of 812,000 vehicles because owners were having difficulty understanding the shifter. The recall covers the manufacturer’s popular 2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the 2012-2014 Dodge Charge and Chrysler 300 models. So far the company has stated that as many as 41 injuries might be related to this recall. If you have one of the affected models you should contact your local dealer.
New vehicles oftentimes require significant warranty work during the initial 18 months after purchase. However, we at PJI Law find that many of these vehicles are defective and need to either be replaced or repurchased by the manufacturer under the Virginia Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act, also known as the Virginia “lemon law”, which provides purchasers of new vehicles solutions to avoid becoming victim of a “lemon”. If you have purchased a new vehicle with problems that your dealership has been unable to repair, you might be driving a lemon as well. To discuss your options, call us at (703) 865-6100 or email us at [email protected]