Ford sued for selling trucks with defective fuel tank linings for 10 during a 10-year period

Article by Christian A., on March 16, 2012

Ford Motor Co. is faced with a lawsuit for supposedly selling trucks that had defective fuel tank linings during a 10-year period. It’s also being charged for hiding this problem from consumers. The lawsuit, which was filed last Wednesday before a New Jersey federal court, said that the fuel tank linings on 10 E- and F-series truck models built between 1999 and 2008 would "separate and flake off."

It said that as a result, the fuel systems will be clogged with debris and rust, leading to a sudden loss of engine power. This may also make the vehicles experience kicking, bucking, or stalling abruptly.

In 2007, Ford issued a "secret" technical service bulletin to dealers to inform them about the defect. The complaint stated that Ford didn’t recall these trucks. It also didn’t offer to fix them for free. It stated further that the defect has been experienced by “hundreds, if not thousands" of drivers. Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans Zwiebel said that the company cannot give any comment yet since the automaker has to be served with the complaint.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs had no immediate comment. Chester, N.J.-based Coba Landscaping and Construction Inc and its principal Galo Coba filed the lawsuit, claiming that the company supposedly committed fraud, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment, among other charges, and it seeks compensatory, punitive and triple damages. The F-series pickup is the top-selling U.S. car or truck. Meanwhile, the E-Series is a truck-based full-size van. [source: Reuters]

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