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Ford Focus Suspension Defect Class Action Lawsuit
By Sarah Pierce
Ford Motor Company (NASDAQ: F
) has been hit with a federal class action lawsuit that claims its 2005-2011 Ford Focus vehicles have a suspension defect that causes their tires to wear out unevenly and prematurely, leading the cars to drift dangerously on slick roads. The Ford Focus class action claims Ford knew about the suspension defect as early as 2005, but refuses to honor the vehicles’ warranties.
According to the Ford Focus class action lawsuit, Ford Focus cars from the 2005-2011 model years contain one or more design and/or manufacturing defects that affect the vehicle’s alignment and causes “catastrophic tire failure.”
The Ford Focus suspension defect not only creates an “extremely rough ride” and “exceptionally loud noise” while driving, but also presents a safety hazard and “unreasonably dangerous” driving conditions because it causes drivers to lose control on wet or snow-covered roads, the class action lawsuit states.
Ford is accused of knowing about the Ford Focus suspension defect since at least 2005, but of continually failing to repair and/or replace the defective components or the damaged tires under warranty, despite the fact that the defect manifests itself during the warranty period.
The Ford Focus suspension defect class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of anyone who purchased or leased a 2005 through 2011 Ford Focus in California and who currently resides in the United States. It is seeking damages and disgorgment of profits for Class Members, in addition to a court order requiring Ford to repair the defective suspensions in the Ford Focus vehicles.
A copy of the Ford Focus Suspension Defect Class Action Lawsuit
can be read here
The case is Margie Daniel, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, Case No. 11-cv-02890, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division.
UPDATE 2: On Sept. 23, 2016, a California federal judge certified a proposed Class of Ford Focus owners whose vehicles allegedly suffered from a rear suspension defect that caused tires to wear down prematurely.
Updated June 29th, 2013
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