Texas – Some Texas individuals have joined together and filed a lawsuit against Auto giant Ford Motor Company, alleging that it sold vehicles with engine defect.
Joseph Cascio, Rafael Vega and Brian Vincent filed the lawsuit against the auto manufacturer Ford and automotive dealer Philpott Motors in Jefferson County Dist. Court. The suit was filed on 18th November.
According to the suit, Vincent purchased his 2005 model Ford F-250 from David Self Ford in Orange (TX). David Self is a full service Ford dealership which serves Orange, Hardin and Jefferson Counties and surrounding areas. Vega bought a year 2006 model Ford F-250 from Texas dealer Philpott Motors in Nederland. Cascio also purchased his 2005 f-250 from Philpott Motors, the suit states.
All three claim they’ve encountered a number of problems with the engines of their trucks, causing them to spend thousands of dollars to repair their vehicles. According to the lawsuit, the defendant companies were aware that many issues had been found with Ford Motor Company’s 6.0L engine, especially with its turbo charger and fuel injection systems, cooler plugging and head gaskets. The defendants have been aware of these issues since 2002, the suit alleges.
Additionally, the suit states that Ford knew regarding the issues before launch. The plaintiffs argue that the company did not have a perfect repair action.
The lawsuit alleges that the defendants followed fraudulent trade practices.
The plaintiffs are asking for at least $200000 in compensation for their vehicle repair and loss of use.
Dallas lawyer Craig Patrick is representing the plaintiffs.
Hon. Milton Shuffield, the judge of the 136th Dist. Court, will preside over the case.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already started an investigation into 400,000 of Ford Motor Company’s F-150 tucks, mainly for their acceleration problems. According to NHTSA, it has received nearly 100 reports of reduced engine power incidents at the time of hard accelerations in Ford F-150 trucks that use 3.5L EcoBoost gas turbo direct injection engines. Some of the complaints allege sudden sharp reduction in engine power at the time of hard accelerations. However, no crashes have been reported so far in connection with this issue.
Kelli Felker, a spokesman representing Ford, said the company is aware of the ongoing NHTSA investigation. He said the company, as always, is fully cooperating with the agency on its investigation.