A class action lawsuit claims that Ford F-150 vehicles possess defects in their paint and/or paint primer and in the aluminum body panels that can cause the vehicles to corrode prematurely.
The Ford F-150 paint corrosion class action lawsuit was filed by Tina Nelson who says she owns a 2014 Ford F-150 Supercrew that she purchased in 2016 for around $24,000.
Allegedly, when the vehicle had less than 40,000 miles on it, its paint began to peel severely and became corroded in the body panels including the roof, hood, and side panels.
The Ford F-150 class action lawsuit says that shortly after she discovered the damages, Nelson brought her F-150 to an authorized Ford dealership for repairs. Allegedly, the dealership determined that the problem was caused by a defect in the primer, but did not provide assistance.
The Ford representative at the dealership reportedly asked the technician if they felt that the problem was due to a defect in the paint. The technician allegedly said that it was probably a defect in the primer, which prevented the paint from adhering to it.
The Ford F-150 corrosion class action lawsuit claims that the Ford dealership did not attempt to remedy the problem, even though the vehicle was still under its 5-year Extended Corrosion Warranty. Allegedly, the Ford representatives did not provide any warranty help about the damages caused by the defects.
According to Nelson, the paint bubbling, peeling, corrosion, and damages decreased the vehicle’s resale value. Nelson goes on to say that “as more underlying structural components are uncovered” because of the corrosion and peeling, the problem worsens because more of the vehicle is exposed to the environment.
The Ford F-150 class action lawsuit states that the deficit causes financial damage to customers like Nelson not only because of the damage to the resale value of the vehicle, but because the cost of fixing the problem is significant.
Nelson says that “the money needed to even attempt to remedy the problem, is greater than simply the cost of a new paint job, because the underlying Corrosion Defect in the aluminum hood would cause any new paint to bubble and flake as well.”
The Ford corrosion class action lawsuit says that Ford knew or should have known about the defect but did not try to provide a remedy, citing numerous consumer complaints about the issue.
Nelson says that had she known that her vehicle possessed the defect, she would not have purchased it, or would have paid significantly less for it. She seeks damages on behalf of herself and all other similarly affected customers.
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Nelson is represented by Robert A. Cox and Edwin E. Wallis III of Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox PC; and by Myles McGuire, Evan M. Meyers, and Timothy P. Kingsbury of McGuire Law PC.
The Ford F-150 Corrosion Class Action Lawsuit is Tina Nelson v. Ford Motor Co., Case No. 2:19-cv-02712, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Western Division.
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