February 15, 2017, Ford Motor Co. was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court, for failing to properly notify customers of certain Ford Vehicle defective throttles. That cause the vehicles to spontaneously stall or decelerate with operating.
Ford vehicles affected by the defective throttle are equipped with a Delphi 6-generation electronic throttle body and include:
- 2011-2015 Mustangs with 3.7 TiVCT engines and 3.5 L TiVCT engines
- 2011-2015 Lincoln MKX with 3.7L TiVCT engines
- 2011-2015 F-150 models with 3.5 and 3.7 TiVCT engines
- 2011-2015 Edge with 3.5 and 3.7 TiVCT engines
Customers claim Ford concealed and failed to disclose warnings of this very dangerous vehicle malfunction. The abrupt deceleration could happen at any time, and according to the horror stories from customers, while driving at top speeds on the Freeway, often causing near-accident or near-death situations.
The center of this class action is the fact that Ford investigated identical safety complaints against the Delphi 6-generation electronic throttle body years ago yet never resolved the issue.
"Despite its knowledge of these defects, Ford failed to disclose, concealed and continues to conceal, this critical information from plaintiffs and the other members of the class even though, at any point in time, it could have done so through individual correspondence, media release or any other means," the complaint said. "Plaintiffs and the other Class members justifiably relied on Ford to disclose these material defects in the Ford vehicles that they purchased or leased, as such defects were hidden and not discoverable through reasonable efforts by plaintiffs and the other class members."
In a public statement made the 16th, Ford maintained that they have always made safety a number priority.
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