Ford F-150 Lawsuit Alleges EcoBoost Engine Problems Causing Loss of Acceleration, Reports Audet & Partners, LLP

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In a recent class action filed in Louisiana, Ford F-150 EcoBoost pickups sold between 2011 and 2013 are alleged to be prone to power loss in humid conditions, a problem of which Ford was allegedly aware for some time during which sales of these vehicles continued.

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The allegation that Ford had knowledge of this specific problem, issued a clandestine memo to dealers, and failed to initiate a formal recall is especially troubling.

On February 19, 2013, owners and lessees of the Ford F-150 pickup truck sued the Ford Motor Company for violations of their rights as consumers.* The complaint*, filed as a proposed class action in the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging eight causes of action ranging from products liability to breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing.**

The plaintiffs in the Louisiana class action allege that when accelerating in the F-150, the truck begins “to shake violently, shudder and stall” due to Ford’s Charge Air Cooling (CAC) system, which allegedly causes dangerous build up of condensation leading to dangerous problems at the core of the complaint.* The complaint further alleges that not only did Ford know of the issue with the cooling system in its F-150s, but that the company even went as far as to issue a “secret memo” to dealers, notifying them of the problem.* Furthermore, not only did Ford allegedly know of the problem, but it even knew that the problem was especially prone to occur in humid and damp weather.*

According to one owner, he attempted to accelerate rapidly on the highway when the engine began to “buck,” forcing him to pull off the road in order to restart the truck. When he took the truck to the dealer, the staff acknowledged the problem, advised him that they had no replacement parts and that he would have to drive the vehicle “as is.”** Another customer of Ford complained that both he and his father had experienced the same problems with both of their F-150 pickups.** In yet another case, the Ford dealership repair staff advised a customer that they did not know how to fix the problem and were waiting for Ford to instruct them.** The total mileage at the time of failure has generally been low according to complaints.** One case reported the issue occurring at only 60 miles, and another at 768.**

Not only has this problem cost Ford owners their time and money, but many of them have expressed concern for their safety as well as the safety of others on the road, who may be in the path of one of the stalling vehicles.**

Attorney Michael McShane whose firm, Audet & Partners, LLP specializes in defective products, notes that over 90 reports are now on file with the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission ("NHTSA") alleging incidents of reduced engine power during hard accelerations in trucks equipped with 3.5L gasoline turbocharged direct injection engines. "The allegation that Ford had knowledge of this specific problem, issued a clandestine memo to dealers, and failed to initiate a formal recall is especially troubling."

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury that may be related to the Ford F-150, please contact Audet & Partners, LLP by calling us toll free at 800.965.1461 or you can learn more online at

**Class Action Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial, Case 2:13-cv-00295 (Filed 02/19/13)

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