Ford Motor Company recalls 2007-2008 Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge vehicles due to corrosion in fuel tank from salt water exposure

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Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Lincoln MKX, and Ford Edge vehicles, manufactured June 15, 2006, to September 22, 2008, and originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Due to corrosion from salt water exposure such as from road salt use, the affected vehicles may leak fuel from the fuel tank seam weld under the tank mounting reinforcement brackets.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Approximately 186,024 vehicles are affected by the recall.

Ford will notify owners. The remedy is currently being developed. The recall is expected to begin on December 8, 2014.

Ford recalls 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured August 18, 2006, through September 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist.

As a result, if power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

An estimated 740,878 vehicles are affected by the recall.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25, 2014.

Class Action Investigation: Ford investigated for faulty transmission in Focus and Fiesta vehicles

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Attorneys have opened an investigation of Ford Motor Company relating to a potential defect in the transmissions of Ford Focus and Fiesta vehicles.

Numerous Ford consumers have complained about defective transmissions on Focus and Fiesta models.  The defect results in shaking or grinding noises; vehicles hesitating and vibrating; transmission noises and the transmission not shifting properly, all of which affect the ability to drive the vehicles and raise safety concerns.

Hundreds of complaints about the Ford transmissions have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you own a Ford Focus or Fiesta and are having problems with your transmission, we want to hear about your experience.  Below, please share your story with the public and/or contact a lawyer privately to inquire about your legal rights.

Ford named in class action over Ford F-150 truck equipped with EcoBoost

This lawsuit arises out a purchase of defective and rarely operable 2012 Ford F-150 truck equipped with the Ford Motor Company EcoBoost Engine.  Plaintiff relied upon Ford’s representations that it was a great engine, with great fuel efficiency and the power of a standard V-8.

The EcoBoost engine has been widely reported as going into “limp mode” when the charged air cooler builds up humidity and this humidity gets sucked into the engine. When this event occurs, computers in vehicles restrict the engine’s performance to negate damage from occurring.

As alleged, Defendant has been aware of the 3.5-L V-6 engine containing serious latent design, manufacturing, and/or assembly defects with certain parts from the very beginning.

Ford recalls 2013-2014 Escape vehicles for an assembly misalignment that may cause the doors to open while driving

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through April 10, 2014. Due to an assembly misalignment between the exterior door handle and the door outer panel, the affected vehicles have doors that may be difficult to close or may possibly open while driving.

A door that opens unexpectedly may result in an unrestrained occupant falling from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Ford estimates that 581,986 vehicles may be affected by the recall

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the door handles, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 26, 2014.

Ford named in class action lawsuit over suspension defect in model year 2005 to 2011 Ford Focus vehicles

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.

Ford sued in class action over the repurchase or replacement of defective vehicles

Plaintiff brings this action individually and on behalf of all persons who purchased or leased a Ford Motor Company vehicle in the State of California and were offered vehicle repurchase or replacement by Ford Motor Company from four years prior to the filing of the instant Complaint until class certification (“Class Members”).

According to the complaint, since 2009, Ford has systematically violated the provisions of California’s Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act that govern the repurchase or replacement of defective vehicles from buyers. Specifically, Ford knew that it has systematically violated California Lemon Law by repurchasing or replacing defective vehicles (1) without reimbursing or crediting the buyer for certain statutory damages including, but not limited to, registration fees for each year that the vehicle is registered, full-coverage insurance for each year the vehicle is insured, and extended service contracts, and (2) while improperly making certain deductions from the vehicles’ statutorily mandated repurchase prices, including for “abnormal wear or collision damage (including broken glass)” or alternatively, requiring consumers to pay for repairs at their own expense before Ford agrees to repurchase or replace defective the vehicles.

Ford’s improper deductions from, and failure to reimburse and credit Plaintiff and the other Class Members for, their full statutory repurchase prices violate the Song-Beverly Act, which only permits a single, narrowly-drawn deduction for mileage offset.  Accordingly, if the buyer agrees to Ford’s repurchase or replacement terms, which Ford itemized in its Refund Worksheet for Mr. Potter and other Class Members, he or she receives less than the statutory buy-back and replacement amount required under the Act.

According to the complaint, the buyer’s agreement to accept any amount lower than the statutory repurchase or replacement price is void under California law. This is because California Civil Code section 1790.1 states that “any waiver by the buyer of consumer good of the provisions” of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act “shall be deemed contrary to public policy and shall be unenforceable and void.”

Ford Motor Co recalls Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles

Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, allowing fuel to leak.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 15, 2013.

Ford recalls certain model year Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and Explorer vehicles for faulty fuel tanks

Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and model year 2013 Explorer vehicles manufactured July 19, 2011, through March 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank. As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact. The tanks may also leak.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2013.

Ford named in class action over alleged safety defect in 2011-2012 Ford F150s

The class action against the Ford Motor Company alleges that the company’s Ford F150 trucks contain a dangerous safety defect that causes the vehicles to shake violently, shudder and stall when attempting to accelerate.

As alleged, the vehicles suffered from a defect, which is caused by a flaw in Ford’s Charge Air Cooler (CAC) system. The complaint alleges that the system, which is designed to cool air before it reaches the engine, causes condensation to build up inside the air intake tube, especially in more humid climates.

According to the complaint when drivers accelerate moisture moves into the engine, causing the vehicle to shudder. In severe cases, the F150’s computer system senses the danger and forces the vehicle into “limp mode” to prevent damage.

The suit claims that Ford is completely aware of the issue, and has gone as far as to warn dealers in a secret memo, noting that vehicles may, “stumble and/or misfire on hard acceleration after an extended drive at highway speeds during high humid or damp conditions.”

The lawsuit against Ford seeks to provide compensation to all current or former owners and/or lessees of Model Year 2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles.