Lieff Cabraser represents owners of Ford Mustang, Ford Edge, Ford F-150 and Lincoln MKX vehicles in litigation against Ford based on widespread complaints about and reports of throttle body failures in these vehicles that can cause them to spontaneously stall or suddenly decelerate to a near-idle speed, posing substantial and immediate dangers to the vehicle occupants.
List of Vehicles Affected by Ford ETB Failures
- Mustang, model years 2011 to 2015 with 3.7L TiVCT engines;
- Edge, model years 2011 to 2015 with 3.5L TiVCT and 3.7L TiVCT engines;
- Lincoln MKX, model years 2011 to 2015 with 3.7L TiVCT engines; and
- Ford F-150, model years 2011 to 2015 with 3.5L TiCVT and 3.7L TiVCT engines.
Nature of the Ford Owners’ Throttle Failure Complaints
A throttle body is a component in fuel-injected engines that controls the amount of air sent to the engine in response to the driver’s compression or release of the accelerator. In 2009, Ford began to equip its vehicles with Delphi Gen 6 electronic throttle bodies (“ETBs”). Since that time, various Ford models have experienced a rash of potentially disastrous throttle body failures. When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) completed its preliminary investigation regarding affected Ford vehicles, it concluded that Ford had received 10,999 complaints directly, in addition to the 1,471 complaints filed separately with NHTSA.
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Allegations in the Ford Throttle Defects Lawsuit
As alleged in the complaint, since Ford began equipping its vehicles with Delphi Gen 6 ETBs in 2009, various Ford models, including the affected vehicles noted above, have experienced a rash of potentially disastrous throttle body failures. Owners of Ford vehicles equipped with Delphi Gen 6 ETBs frequently complain that their vehicles spontaneously stall or suddenly decelerate to a near idle speed. These abrupt deceleration incidents often cause near accidents or life-threatening situations, such as when the incidents occur while driving in a highway passing lane or congested traffic where navigating a disabled vehicle to a shoulder or different lane can be extremely dangerous. The problem frequently manifests at highway speeds.
The complaint notes that the Ford Throttle Defect presents an unreasonable safety risk to affected vehicle owners due to the spontaneous stall and deceleration issues. Sudden deceleration incidents are particularly dangerous in congested areas, and on busy highways where motorists cannot easily pull over to the side of the road.
Though Ford implemented repairs to a subset of the affected vehicles via a 2014 “Customer Satisfaction Program” (CSP 13N03), the program excluded the affected vehicles noted above, leaving their owners and lessees with no support from Ford for their malfunctioning and dangerous vehicles. In fact, as further alleged in the complaint, Ford continued to sell a wide range of 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles with the throttle defect after the January 2014 implementation of Customer Satisfaction Program 13N03.
Plaintiffs’ research further indicates that Ford knew of the problems with the Delphi Gen 6 electronic throttle body since at least as early as 2009, but failed to disclose this material information to the owners and purchasers of the affected vehicles.
Among other things, plaintiffs’ complaint alleges Ford committed violations of deceptive and unfair trade practices laws, fraud, fraudulent omission, breach of written and implied vehicle warranties, failure to disclose information concerning the affected vehicles inability to perform as warranted, and unjust enrichment based on Ford’s selling and leasing at an unjust profit defective vehicles that had artificially inflated prices due to Ford’s concealment of the throttle defect. Plaintiffs seek injunctive and/or declaratory relief, including, without limitation, an order that requires Ford to repair, recall, and/or replace the affected vehicles, as well as damages, including compensation for the diminution in value of the vehicles.