On February 15th, Ford Motor Company was hit with a new class action lawsuit in California alleging the company failed to warn customers that certain models had defective throttles causing vehicles to spontaneously stall or decelerate.
Ford Motor Company Product Defect
A vehicle’s throttle controls acceleration and deceleration, an essential maneuver for maintaining safe driving conditions. When a throttle malfunctions, it can cause car accidents and life-threatening situations.
The type of throttle in question is the electronic throttle body or ETB (sometimes called an electronic throttle control or ETC), which replaced older throttles controlled by a cable.
“Ford has known of the aforementioned problems with the Delphi Gen 6 electronic throttle body since at least as early as 2009, but has failed to disclose this material information to the owners and purchasers of class vehicles.”
The affected models named in the suit are the 2011 to 2015 Mustang and Lincoln MKX and the 2011 to 2015 Ford Edge and F-150.
Ford models that have been involved in former lawsuits include 2004-2008 Ford vehicles equipped with 5.4 liter engines, 2009-2013 Ford Escapes and Fusions, and 2009-2013 Mercury Mariner and Mercury Milans of the same model years.
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident caused by a throttle or engine malfunction, you could be eligible for an award that covers damages, medical expenses and more. To find out, contact Pribanic & Pribanic for a free consultation today at 1-800-392-4529.