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Hagens Berman Lawsuit: Ford F150 Safety Defect Causes Vehicles To Shake Violently And Stall In Traffic

Consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman today filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) alleging 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.

The 36-page complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, quotes more than 20 F150 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 believe that 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 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.”

“Ford knows about this issue, but has not taken any common-sense steps to protect its customers by issuing a recall, working with customers to repair their vehicles, or warning potential purchasers about the defect,” said Berman. “Instead, Ford has actively concealed the problem, forcing consumers to suffer economic losses from repair costs and a reduced resale value for their vehicles.”

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