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Ford Models with the Most Recalls

Ford is a staple in the American car market. The brand boasts their vehicles as-built “Ford tough” – but we’ve experienced that this is not always the case. Here are the models most likely to warrant a Ford lemon law claim.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is one of the most iconic pickup trucks in the world. Introduced to the market in 1991, the F-150 has amassed 143 recalls. We’ve had successful lemon law claims for a range of problems, including, but not limited to:

Ford Fusion

The Fusion is one of Ford’s most respected sedans. With model years spanning from 2006 to 2020, the vehicle has been produced in gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in variants. The Fusion is generally viewed as an efficient, reliable vehicle, but it’s been subjected to 40 recalls for issues including:

Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a beloved crossover SUV with more than two decades of production – with no signs of slowing down. The Escape has 47 total recalls per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for issues including (but not limited to):

Ford Explorer

The Explorer is Ford’s premier SUV line – first introduced in 1991. The Explorer was intended to replace the 2-door Bronco as a 4-door model perfect for families. Throughout its 30+ year history, the Explorer has accrued 51 recalls for issues including:

Ford Mustang

The Mustang is one of the most famous sports cars produced in America. The model has seen many iterations in history spanning back to 1964. Over the years, the Mustang has been recalled 66 times for problems including:

Does Your Vehicle Qualify for Ford California Lemon Law?

Problems with your Ford model do not automatically qualify it as a lemon. In California, your vehicle must meet several guidelines to be eligible for a Ford lemon law buyback:

You will need documentation from the manufacturer-certified repair facility that indicates your vehicle meets the qualifications of Ford lemon law.

Ford Lemon Law FAQs

Which vehicles are covered by Ford lemon law?

Ford lemon law covers all models sold with a manufacturer or dealer warranty. The defect(s) must be reported while under the terms of the warranty to qualify.

Does my vehicle qualify for a Ford lemon law buyback?

Learning the qualifications of lemon law in California is the first step in seeking compensation for your defective vehicle. Consumers may be eligible for Ford lemon law settlements if:

Documentation is everything in a Ford California lemon law case. Be sure to hold onto it throughout the entire repair process – and subsequent lemon claim process.

What compensation am I eligible for in a Ford lemon law claim?

If your vehicle meets the criteria of lemon law in California, the Ford lemon law buyback may include:

Hold onto ALL receipts and documentation for the reimbursements above.

Can I take my Ford to my trusted mechanic for warranty repairs?

No! This is one of the biggest mistakes consumers make in the lemon law process. While your Ford is under warranty, ALL repairs must be handled by a manufacturer-certified repair facility. Getting repairs done by a 3rd party mechanic can potentially compromise (or void) your Ford lemon law buyback.

What if the warranty for my Ford expires?

You are only eligible for lemon law benefits while the vehicle is under warranty. As long as the defect was first reported while the warranty was still in effect, the claim may still be valid. The warranty expiring during the repair process usually does not impact the claim.
Timelines are critical in lemon law claims. You need to report the issue to the manufacturer immediately. Delaying the repair process can put your claim at risk – not to mention endanger your own safety and that of other drivers.

What is the time limit to file a lemon law Ford claim?

In California, there is a four-year statute of limitations to file a claim after lemon law guidelines are met. This is another reason to report defects as soon as you notice them. The longer you wait to file a claim, the easier it will be for the manufacturer to denounce the defect as not “substantial”. Waiting will only compromise your potential Ford lemon law buyback amount.

Does Ford lemon law apply to used vehicles?

Yes! California is one of the most consumer-friendly states when it comes to lemon law. Used cars are covered by lemon law while they are under a dealership warranty. These are usually good for 30 days or 1,000 miles. If your used Ford meets the state’s qualifications while under the dealer warranty, it can be processed like new.
Dealerships are required to specify whether the used Ford is being sold “as is” on the buyer’s guide. This means there is no warranty in place and the consumer takes responsibility for all defects once they drive off the lot.

What if I bought my Ford model “as is”?

“As is” agreements are normal in private car sales. Dealerships are required to indicate if a vehicle is being sold “as is” or with a warranty. The “as is” clause means there is no warranty in place and the buyer is responsible for any defects/repairs. The lemon law in California may not have any protections for Ford vehicles being sold “as is”.

What if there is no indication of a dealer warranty or an “as is” agreement?

Sometimes, there will be no indication of a dealer warranty or “as is” clause on the buyer’s guide. If this is the case, the vehicle may still have an implied warranty of merchantability. This is an unspoken warranty that indicates the vehicle works for its intended purpose. In the state of California, implied warranties are usually good for at least 60 days or up to a year.

Since there are no written terms for implied warranties, seeking benefits under Ford lemon law can be tough. You’ll need a skilled attorney to fight for your claim.

How much does a Ford lemon law lawyer cost?

Experienced lemon law lawyers work on a contingent fee agreement. This agreement means they usually do not make a percentage of the Ford lemon law buyback settlement once the manufacturer pays it out. Instead, the manufacturer must pay all of the consumers attorneys’ fees, costs, and expenses at the end of the case. Therefore, the lemon law lawyer won’t charge consumers a penny upfront to take the case.

Anyone can afford to hire a good lemon law attorney. Most consumers have never dealt with a lemon before – and aren’t aware of the contingent fee agreement. But be careful of inexperienced lemon law attorneys who are naive to how the lemon law works. More often than not, these attorneys demand out-of-pocket costs upfront, then accept sub par settlements from the manufacturer.

Do You Really Need an Attorney in Your Ford Lemon Law Claim?

Even if you have a rock-solid lemon law claim, settlements are never a guarantee. Automakers have the most expensive legal teams unlimited financial resources can provide. These defense lawyers’ job is to help the manufacturers avoid financial responsibility. They have no problem taking advantage of consumers. Working with a lemon law attorney is essential to earning fair compensation. They will make sure you don’t fall victim to tricky negotiating tactics – and earn your Ford lemon law buyback as quickly as possible.

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Ford is one of the most popular American car brands on the market – but it’s certainly not immune to mistakes. We have seen defects that range from extremely minor to life-and-death situations. Regardless, consumers should not have to suffer any consequences for purchasing Ford lemon cars.

Buyers of defective vehicles need to understand that consumer protection laws are on their side. Lemon law – or the Magnuson-Moss Consumer Warranty Act – exists across the country, but the details vary based on the state.

California has some of the most consumer-friendly laws for buyers of Ford lemon cars. In this post, we want to explain how the law can help you earn a rightful Ford manufacturer buyback.

Let’s dive in.

What Are the Most Problematic Ford Models?

Ford produces and sells millions of vehicles every year. We see mistakes in the manufacturing process every year. Over the years, we have seen that some Ford models have experienced more problems than others. Here are a handful of the Ford models that have had the most complaints:

According to, the Ford Escape is a fan favorite for drivers in the United States. As of this writing, there have been 4,170 formal complaints filed. The most severe of these complaints is the transmission.

The Ford Focus is an extremely gas-efficient vehicle – but it has been reported that it is no stranger to complaints. There have been 5,017 complaints filed for the Focus (as of this writing). The most common issues involve the interior and its accessories. We’ve also seen problems with the ignition.

The Ford F-150 is arguably the most well-known pickup truck on the market. Owners of the F-150 have made 5,323 complaints over 32 model years. The reported common issues with this vehicle are a bit more severe than the others – with the engine being the top concern. There have also been reports of issues with the windows failing to roll up properly.

The Ford Explorer is a beloved SUV – and is one of the most popular vehicles in the country. However, it has more than double the amount of complaints as the other models mentioned – 12,913. We’ve seen many complaints involving transmission failures – as well as issues with the engine.

What Are the Most Common Ford Defects?

The range of Ford lemon cars goes well beyond the list above. We’ve represented consumers with manufacturing defects that affect the brand’s vehicles across the board. Some of the most common issues we’ve seen:

If your vehicle is experiencing problems with these components, you might be eligible for Ford lemon law benefits.

Does Your Vehicle Qualify for Ford Lemon Law?

Now, just because your vehicle is experiencing issues, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a lemon. The vehicle must meet the state’s lemon law qualifications to be eligible for benefits. Here are the guidelines in the state of California:

California is one of the few states that offers lemon benefits for used vehicles. If your used Ford meets the qualifications above while under a dealer warranty, it can be processed like new under Ford lemon law.

Steps to Seeking a Ford Lemon Law Buyback

Earning fair compensation for Ford lemon cars follows the same process as any other vehicle. As soon as your Ford meets the qualifications of California lemon law, you need to start the process immediately. Auto manufacturers have many tricks and tactics to avoid responsibility for selling defective vehicles – Ford is no exception.

They might try to convince you to take a cash settlement or sort out the issue with arbitration. Don’t take the bait. Here’s what you need to do.

Contact a Ford Lemon Law Attorney

Hiring an attorney who specializes in Ford lemon law is THE most important thing you can do to earn fair compensation. The attorney you hire is the only party truly on your side. The manufacturer’s primary goal is to minimize the Ford lemon law buyback.

They do this with all kinds of sneaky tricks to delay the process – thinking you’ll just give up and settle. Keep in mind, they know you’ve probably never had a lemon before. Without proper legal assistance, they will take advantage of this at every turn.

A skilled lemon law attorney knows how to counter these tactics and fight for full compensation.

Many people with Ford lemon cars shy away from attorneys due to the fear of high costs. Lemon lawyers work on a contingent fee agreement. This means they only get paid AFTER they win the case. In addition, under the California lemon law, the defendant/manufacturer is required to pay all of the consumers’ attorneys fees, costs, and expenses. Therefore, they do not take a fee out of your Ford lemon law buyback. A good lemon attorney will never demand out-of-pocket fees upfront to take your claim.

In other words, anyone can afford to hire a lemon law attorney.

Documentation is the most important aspect of building your case. You need to keep all receipts, invoices, and records that relate to the lemon. This includes (but is not limited to):

Your goal in a Ford lemon law case is to get reimbursed for every dollar you had to spend due to the lemon. Earning the full amount depends solely on the documentation and financial records you have in place.

Once you have all the proper documentation in order. Your Ford lemon law lawyer will begin the process of filing a claim with the manufacturer. At this point in the process, you don’t have to maintain any contact with the manufacturer – your attorney will manage it from here.

Ford will likely contest the claim you file – and do everything in its power to avoid liability. Your lemon attorney will validate your claim and negotiate the terms of the buyback.

This step is the most time-consuming part of the process. One of the most common manufacturer tactics is to create delays in hopes you’ll give up and take a low ball settlement. Manufacturers know how inconvenient it is when you don’t have a car. They will use it to their advantage.

A skilled lemon law lawyer will minimize delays and make sure the manufacturer provides a speedy buyback.

Once the Ford lemon law buyback terms have been agreed upon, the next step is to take the defective vehicle back to the manufacturer. If the vehicle is not safe to drive, you can have a tow truck pick it up. This cost should be factored into the buyback amount.

Once all negotiations have been made and the vehicle has been returned to the manufacturer, it’s time to get your reimbursement. You can then use this money to purchase/lease a new vehicle of your choice. There are no rules as to what you do with the buyback after you receive it.

The Next Step

If you have a defective Ford vehicle, you have options. The most important thing you can do is act quickly. Driving a faulty vehicle puts you and other drivers at risk. It can also put your lemon claim in jeopardy. Hopefully, you’ve never dealt with a defective vehicle before – you may not know what to do.

Don’t feel shy about reaching out to a lemon law lawyer for answers. Most are happy to point you in the right direction – even if you don’t have a claim.

For more information about Ford lemon law – and California lemon law in general – get in touch with the team at Cline APC.  Call our office at 888-982-6915, send an email to, or fill out a free case evaluation.