Ford Motor Company will recall more than 150 vehicles suffering from hydraulic fluid leaks.
The Dearborn, Michigan-based manufacturer sent a safety recall report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stating they will recall 176 2017-2018 Ford GT vehicles built between Dec. 20, 2016 and July 31, 2018.
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The affected vehicles contain rear wing valve blocks that can leak hydraulic fluid in certain conditions. Hydraulic fluid can ignite if it contacts a hot surface, increasing fire risk.
Ford’s Critical Concern Review Group reviewed reports of a vehicle fire occurring on June 16, 2016 in Germany. Engineers inspected the vehicle in Germany but were unable to identify the fire’s cause.
Engineers continued reviewing field data and warranty claims from July to September 2018, while inspecting additional vehicles and examining design and manufacturing data. The investigation eventually discovered hydraulic pressure in the rear wing valve block assembly could exceed seal specifications, causing leaks.
Ford’s Field Review Committee approved a recall action on Oct. 1, 2018.
Ford will notify owners and dealers will perform a software update to the fully integrated vehicle controller, which eliminates the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block assembly. Some vehicles will have a rear wing hydraulic check valve installed and will have the o-rings and the filter replaced if needed. These repairs are free. The recall will begin Nov. 26, 2018. Owners can contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S29. Ford owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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