Lawsuit: Ford Motor Design Defect May Cause Unintended Acceleration

Some vehicles manufactured by Ford Motor Co. between 2002 and 2010 are allegedly prone to sudden, unintended acceleration. It seems that these Ford models may lack a secondary fail-safe system that is meant to prevent crashes.

One class action lawsuit filed against the Ford Motor Company in March states that some Ford vehicles that were manufactured between 2002 and 2010 contain a defect that causes the vehicles to suddenly accelerate. This defect places drivers at risk for injury and damages.

The alleged defect stems from the automobiles’ electronic throttle system. The system connects the gas pedal to the throttle electronically as opposed to mechanically, the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit also alleges that Ford was aware of this issue and had the means to correct the fault. Despite this, Ford failed to make the correction until 2010.

Even after Ford installed a fail-safe, the company allegedly failed to inform consumers about previous models that still have the defect.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the models with the alleged defects include the following:

Ford Vehicles

  • 2005-2009 Crown Victoria
  • 2005-2010 E-Series
  • 2007-2010 Edge
  • 2009-2010 Escape
  • 2005-2010 Escape HEV
  • 2005-2010 Expedition
  • 2004-2010 Explorer
  • 2007-2010 Explorer Sport Trac
  • 2004-2010 F-Series
  • 2005-2007 Five Hundred
  • 2009-2010 Flex
  • 2008-2010 Focus
  • 2005-2007 Freestyle
  • 2006-2010 Fusion
  • 2005-2010 Mustang
  • 2008-2010 Taurus
  • 2008-2009 Taurus X
  • 2002-2005 Thunderbird
  • 2010 Transit Connect

Lincoln Vehicles

  • 2003-2006 LS
  • 2006-2008 Mark LT
  • 2009-2010 MKS
  • 2010 MKT
  • 2007-2010 MKX
  • 2006-2010 MKZ
  • 2005-2009 Town Car
  • 2006-2010 Zephyr

Mercury Vehicles

  • 2002-2005 Cougar (XR7)
  • 2005-2009 Grand Marquis
  • 2009-2010 Mariner
  • 2005-2010 Mariner HEV
  • 2006-2010 Milan
  • 2005-2007 Montego
  • 2004-2010 Mountaineer
  • 2008-2010 Sables

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, is warning the public that Ford vehicles have an alleged, unintended acceleration defect; is also informing consumers about the specific models that allegedly have this defect; and is offering legal advice to those who purchased or leased these vehicles.

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