Ford Motor Company was sued recently by numerous consumers seeking compensation from the second-largest United States automaker for an alleged defect within vehicles made throughout the past decade. The lawsuit claims that the Ford Motor vehicles contain a “design defect” in the electronic control of the gas pedals, making them susceptible to sudden, unintended acceleration. The lawsuit also states that the vehicles in question do not have brake override technology. This technology stops the car if both the brake and the gas pedal are activated at the same time. Ford began installing this feature, known as “brake over accelerator,” in all vehicles made after 2010.
The Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and trucks covered in the lawsuit were built from 2002 to 2010. Among the models were the 2004-10 Ford F-Series pick-up trucks, the top-selling vehicle in the United States, as well as the 2005-09 Lincoln Town Car and 2002-05 Mercury Cougar.
Owners of these Ford models with electronic throttle control are considered plaintiffs in the lawsuit if the vehicles were purchased in any of these states: West Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, or Wisconsin.
Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for an alleged loss of vehicle value, arguing that they were forced to pay too much for cars with defects. The lawsuit does not include any claims of wrongful death or personal injury.