According to a report from Reuters, Ford has been sued for allegedly selling F-Series pickup trucks and E-Series vans with defective fuel tank linings. The suit alleges that Ford knew about the problem and continued to sell affected vehicles over a 10-year period.

According to the complaint, the fuel tank lining of Ford's full-size trucks and vans built between 1999 and 2008 can "separate and flake off," clogging the fuel system and causing the truck to stumble or stall. Further, Ford is said to have issued a "secret" technical service bulletin to dealers about the problem, but never issued a recall or offering to fix customer vehicles for free.

The complaint, brought on by Coba Landscaping and Construction Inc of New Jersey and its principal Galo Coba, is said to be seeking class-action status on behalf of all owners of affected models. Considering that the Ford F-Series pickup was the best-selling vehicle between 1999 and 2008, that's a heck of a lot of owners.

Ford has yet to comment on the issue, saying it has not received the complaint. Apparently, the issue is unrelated to the rusted-out gas tank straps found by certain F-Series owners in snowy climates.


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      greenz1977
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just a heads up here, this problem is exclusive to the F450 and F550 diesel trucks with the metal fuel tanks. The metal in the tanks delaminates and clogs fuel pumps and filters.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is the TSB a secret if the guy knows about it? haha
      VipermanGTX
      • 2 Years Ago
      What this article fails to mention is that the effected trucks are Diesel trucks with AFT tanks only. Current Ford Part Number 6C3Z 9002-F. All Gasoline and Diesel midship tanks have been uneffected.
      That Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds right. America's most dishonest company trying to cover up and avoid yet another one of their mistakes. Lets hgope they are forced to make things right by their customers. Or better yet, hopefully people will wake up to how deceiteful Ford really is and not buy their mediocre appliances. I swear, the more things change at Ford, the more they stay the same. New Ford = old Ford...nothing has changed.
        Oscar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Just a resumption of mindlessness from Silvy (aka "the Realist" after a much appreciated hiatus.
        Mike
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
        Wow i guess ignorance is bliss?
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Mike
          No, didn't you think to yourself "wow, that guy is really and angry and alone in his mom's basement" when you were reading it? Didn't sound blissful to me.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @That Guy
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      • 2 Years Ago
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      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a disgruntled company that probably operated a fleet of Ford vehicles but let them go to hell and is now seeking a easy way out for new vehicles or repairs. Probably also skimped out on gas, buying cheap stuff.
      eliotsmeliot
      • 2 Years Ago
      I knew it was a bad idea to give those Pinto engineers a second chance.
        GoFaster58
        • 2 Years Ago
        @eliotsmeliot
        Why bash the Pinto? I had three of them and am looking for another one now. I'm not worried about a rearend crash in a Pinto than I am in any other vehicle. You bash the Pinto and yet forget that the mid 70's Mustang was built the same way on the same chassis.
      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      let me guess, business is going slow and they are looking for other income
      pickupmiami
      • 2 Years Ago
      i have owned a 99 f250 light duty from new 135000 miles no issues with anything, period.
      fordLCF
      • 2 Years Ago
      This article failed to mention the FORD LCF (cab chassis) that has the same fuel tank issues. It has been dangerous for us with these trucks on the road. We recently had one suffer from full power failure while on the road at freeway speeds. Luckily the driver pulled on to the shoulder safely without incident. Another one of our LCFs does not start, while another one is belting out a cloud of exhaust from the tail pipe. All these issues have been related to the poor fuel tank lining. Ford has refused to fix the problem and has left us to fend for ourselves. We own 3 Ford LCFs and now have hired an attorney to remedy the situation with these 3 trucks. Bobby helpful link: http://www.fordlcfblog.com/
        fordLCF
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fordLCF
        Interesting that many of you are posting about defending ford and not looking into the facts of how many trucks have been affected. We bought 3 new Ford LCF45 straight from the dealer, all ran great until one by one they started to stall in rtaffic, idle poorly, die at highway speeds in traffic, not start, etc. Ford happily replaced injectors on one of them. This is a very expensive repair to incur if they were not at fault? Interesting that most of you probably have not even read the TSB that cam from ford. Ford has ignored the issue, refused buy back, never replaced any of our tanks, fuel pumps, injectors on 2 trucks, fuel lines, etc... This is now becoming a huge mess for them to clean up. It's always best that a company take care of it's customers from the start, such as recall the part(s) and fix it. I'm sure it was not a "profitable" move and that is why they have waited until now to address it properly. :( my 2 cents... Bobby
          yesaninsider
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fordLCF
          Great post - real information from someone who actually knows something about this situation, rather than all of the standard speculative drivel posted prior...thanks for posting, g/luck w/the Ford issues!
          Camaroman101
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fordLCF
          actually they haven't addressed the problem ie the class action lawsuit
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have a 2005 FX4 and it has had zero problems and i use cheap gas from Arco on top of it.
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