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Law Firm Suing Ford Over Possible F-150 Defect

February 21, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. — Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman filed this week a proposed class-action lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., alleging that the company’s Ford F-150 trucks contain a dangerous safety defect that causes the vehicles to shake violently, shudder and stall when attempting to accelerate.

The 36-page complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, quotes more than 20 F-150 owners who claim that their vehicles suffered from the defect, which attorneys believe 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.

Attorneys said they believe that moisture moves into the engine when drivers accelerate, causing the vehicle to shudder. In severe cases, the F-150’s computer system senses the danger and forces the vehicle into “limp mode” to prevent damage, the complaint alleges.

“This is a significant defect, and one that involves a life-safety issue,” said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and attorney for the proposed class. “Before we began our investigation, we reviewed the reports of many owners who told us harrowing stories of narrowly avoiding what could have been fatal crashes when their F150 stalled while attempting to pass or change lanes in busy freeway traffic.”

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.”

Steve Berman currently serves as co-lead counsel for the economic loss class in the sudden, unintended acceleration lawsuit brought against Toyota. That case has resulted in a proposed settlement valued at up to $1.4 billion, the largest automotive defect settlement in history.

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.



  1. 1. Greg Artman [ February 21, 2013 @ 01:12PM ]

    My 2012 F150 w the Eco Boost just did this exact same thing last Tuesday 2/12/13. I was entering a freeway behind a tractor trailer. When we got to the bottom of the on ramp. I kicked it down to pass the truck. My F150 started to buck and there was nothing there... no power to pass. I was in limbo with cars approaching behind me drastically. I let off the accelerator and punched it again, still nothing. The truck shook and bucked. I let off the throttle and then applied the pedal slowly. the truck then accelerated nut still w vibration. It smoothed out afterr about three miles. This is my office.. I drive 50k year and always in an F150.. This seriously concerns me. I was at Ford Garage today for my maintenence and asked. They all said there is no bulletin on the Oasis system. I sold Fords for years. Please contact me to discuss. Thanks

  2. 2. Russell Cross [ September 14, 2013 @ 03:17PM ]

    My 2001 Ford F150 4x4 caught on fire sitting in a lot not started.
    I had gone to town to take my wife to work and do a couple of things while in town.
    I got back home and while doing my own thing I heard an explosion and it was my
    truck, it was engulfed in flames.
    The Fire Marshall / Chief said that it was electrical.
    The Officer that worked the incident said that the report was electrical and started
    under the dash. And it was electrical
    I have look for recalls and there are 4 that I can tell I never received not one recall
    notice from Ford.
    Since this has happen there are 4 Ford F150 Pickups that have caught on fire in
    our area that I know of not including my latest. I did have another oe that caught o fire
    which I sold to my nephew so that would be 6.
    If you have any information on this would you please share.

    Thanking You in Advance for your help
    Russell L. Cross

  3. 3. Rpdney Davis [ January 11, 2014 @ 03:23PM ]

    I also owned a 2001 F150 4x4 that caught fire. I have been in search of an attorney that would handle this matter for me. My wife and my son went to Panama City to visit her parents when my truck was parked in a condiminium parking lot not running when it became fully engulfed in flames. My wife and son had been to town returned to the condo went up to the 5th floor and within 10 minutes she was informed that the truck was on fire. The state fire marshall determined that it was electrical/cruise control sensor that started the fire, and the cruise control no longer worked. I was never notified of this recall. My wife did the research and found out about the recall. We have contacted Ford several times in the last 2 years since this happened and have not got anywhere, just the run around all the time. It did not only cause damage to my truck which was a total loss but it damaged a vehicle parked next to mine as well as private property. Please any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Rodney Davis

  4. 4. Cindy Hamilton [ March 29, 2017 @ 05:50AM ]

    I own a 2001 F150 that has the same spark plug problem that a class action suite was flied against Ford and I am not sure why the 2001 F150 was not included in the suite.

  5. 5. Anthony Soriano [ July 11, 2017 @ 08:46AM ]

    Took my 2006 f150 Lariot was told I needed a new transmission. I had it replaced within 100 miles transmission caught fire, my beloved truck is totaled I believe ford owes me a truck. Please help!

  6. 6. William Red Fox [ August 29, 2017 @ 11:18AM ]

    On 08/26/2017 around 4:00pm- I was driving my 2010 Ford F-150 on the highway by Grants, NM and the truck violently downshifted to first gear - making my truck skid all over the highway. I quickly put the truck into neutral and coasted into the emergency lane. I had the truck towed to the dealership, but not sure what they are replacing - I did tell them to check the transmission valve body assembly after they hook it up to the computer - it will be interesting to see what exactly failed.

  7. 7. Wilma [ December 26, 2017 @ 05:09PM ]

    I also have a f-150 2006 my truck be jerking , shaking ,and transmission not shifting. We pay this money for Ford truck can somebody please help us don't have the money to keep putting in it. A class action suit need to be filled against them. And my truck doesn't have any power.

  8. 8. Wilma [ December 26, 2017 @ 05:10PM ]

    Who can I talk too about this problem


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