A lawsuit has been filed against Ford Motor Co. for allegedly selling trucks with defective fuel tank linings over a ten-year period, and hiding the problem from consumers even as it warned dealers. The lawsuit filed in a New Jersey federal court said fuel tank linings on 10 E- and F-series truck models made between 1999 and 2008 would “separate and flake off” and that this would clog fuel systems with debris and rust, causing a sudden loss of engine power, and potentially causing vehicles to buck or kick or suddenly stall.
Plaintiffs allege that in 2007 Ford issued a “secret” technical service bulletin to dealers advising them of the problem, but neither recalled the affected trucks nor offered to repair them for free. The Complaint alleges that: “Hundreds, if not thousands, of drivers have experienced the defect.”
The F-series pickup is the best-selling U.S. car or truck. The E-Series is a truck-based full-size van. The Complaint seeks class-action status on behalf of the vehicle owners, and alleges fraud, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment, among other charges. Plaintiffs seek compensatory, punitive and triple damages, and other remedies. The Plaintiffs are Chester, New Jersey-based Coba Landscaping and Construction Inc. and its principal Galo Coba. The case is Coba et al v. Ford Motor Co., U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey.
Source: Claims Journal
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