A total of 20 Ford customers are suing the automaker in a class-action lawsuit for selling vehicles "vulnerable to unintended acceleration." According to Reuters, the suit names 30 models built between 2002 and 2010 with electronic throttle control systems but without a brake override system. Those include the 2004-2012 F-Series pickups and the 2005-2009 Lincoln Town Car. Adam Levitt, a partner with the law firm of Grant & Eisenhofer says the plaintiffs in the case want "to be compensated for their economic losses by having overpaid for cars that contained defects." Levitt contends that the plaintiffs would not have bought their vehicles or paid less for them had they known there was no brake override system in place.

Ford began installing brake override systems in its vehicles beginning in 2010. In response to the lawsuit, Ford has pointed to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that indicated that unintended acceleration is mostly caused by driver error, saying in a statement that, "NHTSA's work is far more scientific and trustworthy than work done by personal injury lawyers and their paid experts."

Belville et al v. Ford Motor Co. will be heard in US District Court in the Southern District of West Virginia.


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      mycommentemail
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sometimes you need to sue big corporations to get them to do the right thing. This is SO NOT one of those times. WTF? I know greed is supposed to be a good motivator and all, but I hope these people (and their lawyers especially) get punished hard for wasting resources like this.
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      The vehicles do have multiple throttle override system: an ignition and a transmission.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      So he's claiming that people should be compensated because the cars were not provided with a feature that at the time, nobody cared about, and which remains completely unneccessary? Wow, talk about frivolous. I should sue Nissan because when I bought my car, I was not notified that the car was not equipped with a glove compartment warmer. I hope Ford fights is and then counter-sues this lawyer for defemation. They should claim that the vehicles were indeed provided with a brake override feature. It's called a SHIFTER. The only problem is that it requires the operator to have an IQ of at least 50.
      gearhead
      • 1 Year Ago
      "to be compensated for their economic losses by having overpaid for cars that contained defects." I don't think this would qualify as a defect since the vehicles were not intended to have this feature. We have become much to 'sue-happy' and I think it needs to stop. Oh lord my car doesn't have a feature that it was not supposed to. Get over it. You do no deserve anything for you "loses." You did not overpay. You are petty and want a free payout.
      merlot066
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone is suing because they bought a car and didn't care to ask about a trivial feature that they never heard of until there was a dollar sign next to it? April Fools! or as it's now referred to, "The Year 2013"
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how many garbage lawsuits would be filed if the losing side paid all legal costs? It would be priceless to see these 20 people get a bill for legal services instead of ill-gotten gains.
      Making11s
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it really a defect if it was simply not a feature included with the car?
      Perry Harrington
      • 1 Year Ago
      Someone should sue their parents for not installing a stupidity override system in them when they were children!
      domingorobusto
      • 1 Year Ago
      So... there hasn't been an incident yet? After 10 years? I pray they get a judge/jury with the tiniest modicum of common sense, because anyone with half a brain will throw this case out as spurious in 2 seconds flat.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      How stupid are people? SUA is BS and always will be.
      andy_george
      • 1 Year Ago
      Morons.....But they will probably get some of Ford's money....
      Titanium Welders
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always do research on the vehicle you're planning on buying and ask the salesperson questions before laying down money. Ron White was right when he said "You can't fix stupid."
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