Ford Motor Company Hit with Unintended Acceleration LawsuitApr 1, 2013
A group of Ford purchasers has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Ford Motor Company, alleging that defects in Ford vehicles cause unintended acceleration, resulting in injuries and damages.
The suit claims that Ford vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2010, equipped with electronic throttle control systems, are vulnerable to sudden unintended acceleration. The suit further alleges that Ford has admitted that some of its vehicles are prone to this problem. A similar acceleration issue has been heavily litigated against Toyota.
The lawsuit, citing a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General, alleges that Ford owners have experienced unacceptable rates of sudden unintended acceleration and that Ford should have prevented the incidents by including a brake-over-accelerator or other fail-safe system, Law360 says.
According to Law360, Ford began installing a brake-over-accelerator system in some vehicles in 2010, but has not remedied the problem in earlier vehicles or warned those owners. An electronic throttle system can unexpectedly take control of the accelerator from the driver, Law360 explains, and the vehicle needs a safety system to restore control when the driver hits the brakes.
The lawsuit could potentially include millions of Ford purchasers and lessees, if the court grants certification of nationwide and statewide classes. A plaintiffs’ attorney said that the plaintiffs are seeking to recover the lost value of their cars and to have Ford fix the acceleration problem so that “no more people are injured and no more lives are at risk because of the accelerator problem.”