Hagens Berman Lawsuit: Ford F150 Safety Defect Causes Vehicles to Shake Violently and Stall in Traffic

  Hagens Berman Lawsuit: Ford F150 Safety Defect Causes Vehicles to Shake
  Violently and Stall in Traffic

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- February 19, 2013

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

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.”

Steve Berman currently serves as co-lead counsel for the economic loss class
in the sudden, unintended acceleration lawsuit brought against Toyota (NYSE:
T). That case has resulted in a proposed settlement valued at up to $1.4
billion, the largest automotive defect settlement in history.

The lawsuit against Ford seeks to provide compensation to all current or
former owners and/or lessees of Model Year 2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles.

Owners of 2011-2012 F150s can contact Hagens Berman to discuss this case by
calling (206)-623-7292. You can also speak with an attorney by emailing
FordF150@hbsslaw.com or by submitting information at

About Hagens Berman

Seattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a plaintiff-focused law firm
with offices in ten cities. Founded in 1993, we represent plaintiffs in class
actions and multi-state, large-scale litigation that seek to protect the
rights of investors, consumers, workers and whistleblowers. More information
about the firm is available atwww.hbsslaw.com


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