Ford Recalls Super Duty Trucks and Lincoln Continental Sedans

Ford F-Series Trucks Display. The Ford F-150, Super Duty F-250, F-350 and F-450 concept

By looking at them, you might not expect that Ford Super Duty trucks and Lincoln Continental sedans have anything in common beyond sharing the same parent company. However, both vehicles were subject to the same recall in the second half of 2022 for a rearview camera safety issue. According to the manufacturer, the rearview camera can project a cloudy image — and fails to meet the required safety regulations. If you own one of these vehicles, it is essential to be aware of this recall and find out whether your car is affected.

What Defect Led to the Ford Super Duty Recall?

More than 277,000 Ford super duty trucks and 13,000 Lincolns have been impacted by the recall, which concerns a defective coating on the lens of the rearview mirror camera. Specifically, the anti-reflective lens on the rearview cameras can degrade in these vehicles, when exposed to the sun’s rays — resulting in a foggy or cloudy image. The projection can also worsen, resulting in a view that is opaque.

The rearview camera issue affects the following vehicles with a 360-degree camera system:

  • 2017-2020 F-Super Duty
  • 2017-2020 F-250 Super Duty
  • 2017-2020 F-350 Super Duty
  • 2017-2020 F-450 Super Duty
  • 2017-2020 Lincoln Continental full-size sedan

Ford acknowledged that there were 7,625 warranty reports made in connection with the faulty rearview camera on the Super Duty trucks, and 1,236 reports concerning the Lincoln Continental. However, the manufacturer replaced the camera system in 2020, which is why only older models are affected by the problem.

What Should You Do if Your Ford or Lincoln Continental is Part of the Recall

If you own a Lincoln Continental or Ford Super Duty truck that was part of the rearview camera recall, you should have been mailed a notice advising you of the next steps to take. In the event you did not receive anything in the mail, you can contact Ford customer service at 1-800-1-866-436-7332, and reference recall number 22S51. Information can also be found online at Ford’s recall site.

Another way you can find out whether your Ford Super Duty truck or Lincoln Continental is part of a recall is by entering your VIN on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. Critically, there were 65 recalls affecting Ford vehicles in 2022. The results will reveal not only whether your car is affected by the recall concerning the rearview camera defect, but also any other recall that occurred last year — as well as open recalls in the past 15 years.

A recalled vehicle must be brought back to an authorized dealership for repairs — you should not try to make any repairs on your own. When you bring your vehicle to the dealership, a fix for the rearview camera problem will be provided by the manufacturer free of charge. If you have already had the repairs made to your vehicle prior to the recall notice being issued, the manufacturer will reimburse you for the work that was completed.

Does the Ford Super Duty Recall Mean Your Vehicle is a Lemon?

While a recalled vehicle can be a hassle, it doesn’t always mean your car is a lemon or entitle you to the remedies that may be available under the lemon law. Usually when a vehicle is recalled, the manufacturer is able to identify the problem and devise a remedy to fix it. Typically, repairs are made to recalled vehicles with only one trip to the dealership. In contrast, a vehicle that would qualify as a lemon is one that cannot be repaired after several attempts are made.

California lemon law has strict criteria that must be met in order to obtain a refund or replacement for a defective vehicle. Importantly, the vehicle must still be under the original manufacturer’s warranty at the time the defect arises. The nonconformity must also be an issue that substantially impairs the vehicle’s value or safety. In general, four unsuccessful repair attempts are sufficient to demonstrate that a vehicle is a lemon — but only two are necessary if the defect is one that poses a danger to the driver or others on the road.

A vehicle might also be a lemon if it remained in the repair shop for a total of 30 days or more, regardless of whether repair attempts were actually made. There is also a legal presumption in California that a vehicle is a lemon if the nonconformity surfaced within the first 18,000 miles the car was driven or in the 18 months following its delivery. In such cases, the burden of proof shifts to the manufacturer to establish that the vehicle is not a lemon, rather than the owner being required to prove it is one.

Contact an Experienced Southern California Lemon Law Attorney

If you purchased a Ford Super Duty truck, a Lincoln Continental, or another vehicle that failed to conform to its warranty, you may have bought a lemon. A knowledgeable lemon law attorney can assess your claim and advise you regarding your legal rights and remedies. At the Ledbetter Law Firm, we provide dedicated representation and committed advocacy to help our clients secure the compensation to which they are entitled in their lemon law claims.

The Ledbetter Law Firm represents clients throughout Southern California who have purchased lemon vehicles and assists them with obtaining a replacement or refund from the manufacturer. With offices conveniently located in Torrance and San Diego, California, telephone and video conferencing options are also available. Call (310) 878-0067 to schedule a consultation with a California Lemon Law attorney today.