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Ford Faces Defective Engine Class Action Lawsuit

Los Angeles, CA: A defective automotive class action lawsuit has been filed against Ford Motor Co, alleging the truck manufacturer knowingly sold vehicles with defective 6.0-liter diesel engines in 2002.

According to the lawsuit:

Ford knew about issues regarding the 6.0L Engine prior to the engine’s launch.
The concerns remained throughout Ford’s production and sale of the 6.0L Engine.
Ford did not have a “definitive repair action” for the issues.
Most, if not all of these concerns had a “common cause.”
Ford ultimately adopted a band-aid approach to reduce its “warranty spend,” without addressing the “common causes” of the problems.

The Ford engine class action lawsuit states that the Ford 6.0L Engines had unprecedented repair rates, accounted for approximately 80% of all of Ford’s warranty spending on engines, and as a result, caused Ford to assemble a team of some 70 engineers to help Ford’s supplier in identifying and resolving problems.

“Ultimately, Ford sued its engine supplier, Navistar, for $493 million for what it termed ‘exceptionally high repair rates and warranty costs due to quality problems attributable to Navistar,’ including ‘design flaws,’” the class action lawsuit states.

The lawsuit seeks to represent all Californiaresidents and entities who currently own or lease (or previously owned or leased) a vehicle with a Ford 6.0L diesel engine. The lawsuit seeks the following:

Out-of-pocket damages for engine repair/service
Deductibles paid when repairs were covered by warranty
Towing charges incurred from having incapacitated vehicles towed in for repair
Lost profits from the inability to use vehicles when the engine failed, the vehicle being stored at a Ford dealership awaiting repair, or the vehicle being insufficiently reliable to be put into service
Cost to overhaul or replace the defective 6.0L Engines
Diminution in value of the vehicles due to the defect
Decreased trade-in or selling value

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Last updated on Sep-26-12

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