Ford Defective 6.0L Engine Class Action Lawsuit
By Mike Holter
The Ford engine class action lawsuit states that despite being launched with “great fanfare” in 2002, by the end of its short production life, Ford’s 6.0L Engines had unprecedented repair rates, accounted for approximately 80% of all of Ford’s warranty spending on engines, and forced Ford to assemble a team of approximately 70 engineers to assist 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 continues.
The defective Ford engine class action lawsuit says Ford documents show that (1) Ford knew about issues regarding the 6.0L Engine even before the engine’s launch; (2) the same core concerns persisted throughout Ford’s production and sale of the 6.0L Engine; (3) Ford never had a “definitive repair action” for these issues; (4) most, if not all of these concerns had a “common cause;” and (5) Ford ultimately adopted a band-aid approach to reduce its “warranty spend,” without addressing the “common causes” of these problems.
The Ford defective 6.0L diesel engine class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all California entities and residents who currently own or lease (or previously owned or leased) a vehicle with a Ford 6.0L diesel engine. It is seeking numerous damages, including:
- 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; and more.
A copy of the Defective Ford 6.0L Diesel Engine Class Action Lawsuit can be read here.
The case is David L. Adams v. Ford Motor Co., Case No. 37-2012-00091290-CU-BC-CTL, Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Diego.
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