The complaint is brought on behalf of owners or lessees of model year 2005 to 2011 Ford Focus vehicles and claims the vehicles contain a suspension defect which manifested from day one and existed throughout the vehicle’s warranty period and thereafter which affects the alignment of Class Vehicles and causes, among other things., uneven and/or premature tire wear and handling concerns (“suspension defect”). The uneven and premature tire results from the contact area of the tire being dragged at an angle on the road that is different from the vehicle’s intended path. This tire wear, in turn, can lead to catastrophic tire failure.
The premature tire wear in many instances, necessitates factory tire replacement at less than 20,000 miles when, in fact, expected factory tire tread duration is 75,000 miles. Further, the suspension defect causes Class Vehicles to inordinately drift on wet or snowy roads, with resulting loss of control.
As alleged, the suspension defect creates an array of safety hazards in the areas of handling, steering, stability, and braking of Class Vehicles. It also creates intense frustration and dissatisfaction in Class Vehicle owners due to the rough vehicle ride and loud noises caused by the suspension defect.
The Plaintiff contends Ford has had actual notice of the suspension defect for many years, but remains unwilling to cure at its expense or otherwise accept responsibility for the problem.