Class Action Lawsuit Claims Doors On Popular Pickup Truck Are Defective
The purchaser of one of Ford Motor Company's bestselling vehicles recently filed a class action lawsuit against Ford. The lawsuit alleges that the F-150's doors and locks do not function properly. The lawsuit claims that the doors will not lock when the temperature falls below freezing. Ford has encountered issues with other vehicle models whose doors and locks do not properly operate. These door malfunctions can endanger the driver and passengers of the F-150. You should return to the dealer with your vehicle if you are experiencing similar problems.
The plaintiff in the legal action brought the lawsuit claiming that Ford was misleading in its marketing claims. Ford's motto claims its F-150 are "Built Ford Tough," with "Rock Solid Durability." Those claims fall short of their mark if the doors do not close right, or the locks do not work.
According to NBC 5, the owner of the Ford that filed the class action lawsuit experienced numerous malfunctions with his truck. The owner claimed that the front, rear, driver's side, and passenger's side doors would not latch closed, electric locks would not open, door handles would not move, and door locks failed to release. The lawsuit claims that Fords dealerships received instructions as to how to repair the problems with the locking mechanisms, and the prescribed solutions did not work.
Ford experienced other problems with their vehicles recently. In 2016, Ford issued a recall for 800,000 sedans and smaller SUVs because the latch springs on the vehicles' doors were breaking. The recall, however, did not apply to the company's line of pickups and larger SUVs, including the F-150.
The problem may seem cosmetic or even trivial at first glance, but it is not. There is a more serious issue at stake — the safety of the occupants of the F-150. Doors and locks that do not open or fail to close properly could imperil the occupants of the vehicle if the truck is involved in an accident. The scenario is not too difficult to envision. Suppose the truck is blindsided by another vehicle at an intersection. Because the doors do not secure properly, they could fly open, and a passenger could be partially or completely ejected. Additionally, the failing locking mechanisms could entrap a passenger in the truck who needs to get out to avoid a dangerous situation. The passenger immediately reaches for the electric locks, but they do not work. The passenger is forced to search for the manual release or try to break a window to free him/herself.
The manufacturers of defective products are liable for the damage they cause. In Georiga, the manufacturer of an item is strictly liable for the injuries the defective product inflicts upon the user of the item. Products liability cases are extremely complex because of the burden of proof the law imposes on the person bringing the claim. The claimant must prove:
• The entity from whom damages are sought manufactured the item in question,
• the product left the control of the manufacturer in a defective condition, and
• the defects caused the injuries suffered by the user.
The claimant may be entitled to compensation if those requirements can be satisfied. If so the injured person can recover:
• medical costs,
• future medical expenses,
• lost wages and future earnings,
• for amputation and disfigurement, and
• pain and suffering.
If you or a family member has been injured by a a defective product, contact our attorneys at Montlick & Associates to learn about your legal rights and options as well as what steps are necessary to protect those rights.
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