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NHTSA Probes Ford Bronco Sport 12V Battery Issue

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  March 18, 2024

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport following reports of a potential 12V battery issue. Owners have complained about a loss of engine power accompanied by a complete electric system failure.

Find out the details of this investigation, the reported problems, and if Ford has responded below.


What Prompted This Investigation?

The NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) received 31 complaints from owners of the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport regarding a sudden loss of engine power and complete electric system failure. These incidents occurred while driving or when the vehicle was stopped at traffic lights or stop signs. Notably, owners stated they received no warning lights or messages before the failure.

Some respondents believed the problem was related to the 12V battery and that replacing it resolved it.


The Reported Problems

Owners have described instances where their vehicles suddenly lost power while driving; this is particularly dangerous at night when all external lighting also ceases to function.


Which Models Does This Affect?

The investigation specifically targets the 2021 model year of the Ford Bronco Sport. All 2021 Bronco Sport vehicles are potentially affected by the 12V battery issue; this covers an estimated 95,305 cars, the first produced for the Crossover’s debut year.


How Has Ford Responded?

As of now, Ford hasn’t an official response to the investigation. However, it’s common for automakers to cooperate fully with the NHTSA. Ford will likely conduct its own internal investigation to understand the root cause of the reported problems and develop a potential solution. 

Once the investigation is complete, Ford will be required to take appropriate action to address any identified safety concerns.


Does My Ford Qualify for Lemon Law in California?

If you’re a Califonia resident and your 2021 Ford Bronco Sport has experienced repeated issues related to the loss of engine power and electric system failure, you may be eligible for protection under California’s lemon law. To determine if your car qualifies, consider the following criteria:

  • The vehicle has been subject to multiple unsuccessful repair attempts for the same issue. 
  • The issue significantly impairs the vehicle’s use, value, or safety.

If you believe your car meets these criteria, consult an experienced California lemon law attorney like Norman Taylor & Associates, who can guide you through the process and help you seek a refund or replacement vehicle.


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