Ford Motor Company will recall a small number of recently built vehicles containing improperly secured electrical cables that can potentially cause fires.
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The Dearborn, Michigan-based manufacturer sent a safety recall report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Aug. 20, 2018 regarding 87 2018 Ford Edge, 2018 Lincoln MKX, 2019 Lincoln MKT and 2019 Ford Flex vehicles built on May 29, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain power supply cables not properly fastened to the alternator or improperly secured starter motors. Either condition can create electrical arcing, increasing fire risk.
Ford’s recall report states a cut Ethernet cable at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Oakville, Ontario forced workers to use a manual back-up process for fastening the power supply cables for approximately 90 minutes.
This process proved ineffective.
Ford’s Critical Concerns Review Group began investigating two warranty claims on July 24, 2018 regarding improperly secured power cables and alternators. Their investigation discovered the incident at the Oakville Assembly Plant and on Aug. 17, 2018 approved a recall.
Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect the alternator and starter motor power supply cables and, if needed, tighten or replace them free of charge. The recall is scheduled to begin Sept. 17, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S25. Ford owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
The manufacturer of your vehicle 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 the loss value of your recalled vehicle, 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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