Santa Cruz, CA: A defective automotive class action lawsuit has been filed against Ford Motor Co., alleging it sold vehicles with defective lug nuts that swell and delaminate to such an extent that drivers cannot remove them with a lug wrench provided by Ford. This results in drivers being forced to pay a professional to replace the parts.
The Ford vehicles involved include the Ford Fusion, Escape, Flex, Focus, F-150 and F-350. According to the complaint, while the drivers might reasonably expect to be able to replace a flat tire using the wrench that is supplied by Ford with these vehicles, in practice, they cannot because the wrench no longer fits over the lug nuts if they swell or delaminate.
According to the complaint, filed by Ford drivers from seven states, the lug nuts that secure the wheels to Ford’s Fusion, Escape, Flex, Focus, F-150 and F-350 vehicles are made with a steel core and a chrome, aluminum or stainless steel cap that improves the product’s appearance but swells and delaminates. This purported defect renders the Ford-provided wrench useless, making drivers pay more than $30 per wheel, plus labor, to replace the parts and often stranding the drivers on the side of the road with a flat tire.
Consequently, drivers who have a flat tire can become stuck on the side of the road they are unable to fix themselves, putting them in a “precarious and dangerous place,” the lawsuit states. When drivers do make it to a repair facility, they typically have to pay for the labor of removing the defective lug nuts as well as new parts, the complaint states.
Further, the drivers claim that Ford doesn’t replace the faulty lug nuts, even if the parts fail within the new vehicle warranty period. This forces the affected vehicles owners to “spend hundreds of dollars for new lug nuts and the labor to install them,” the lawsuit states.
Ford customers have submitted “numerous complaints” to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which Ford monitors, the complaint states. Therefore, the automaker is aware of the problem, according to the lawsuit.
The drivers seek to represent a nationwide class of consumers who purchased or leased an affected vehicle as well as classes of drivers in each of the 50 states. It is estimated that millions of vehicles have been affected.
The drivers are represented by Steve W. Berman and Thomas E. Loeser of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP and E. Powell Miller and Sharon S. Almonrode of The Miller Law Firm PC.
The case isJosh Wozniak et al. vs. Ford Motor Company, case number 2:17-cv-12794 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
I own a 2014 Ford Escape that has these ridiculous lug nuts on them. Because my CUV is 4 years old the tires have all been changed due to normal wear. Almost all the lug nuts were distorted/ruined by the process of removing and replacing them. I've owned 7 Fords over the years and I hope Ford will make good on these replacement lug nuts.
Posted by Bethany Dangler
I have a 2011 Ford Fusion and I almost lost my front drivers side wheel on the turnpike. While I was driving, 4 out of my 5 lug nuts had come off and the bolts snapped as well. I am very lucky to have noticed something wrong and pulled over before a bad accident could have happened. Thought that my lug nuts just weren't torqued correctly.... I now know this might not be the case.
Posted by Gordon
I have a 2014 ford Escape I had a similar problem I had to replace all the lug nuts when the case is settled how would we get reimbursed
Posted by michael macdonald
I have owened nothing but ford and had to replace all the lug nut on my 04/07 /99 ford truck and have bent the lug wrench on 2 of my truck because they were too tight
Posted by Patricia Brown
I own a 1995 ford F150. When I bought new tires the tire company said I need to replace all lug nuts on the truck. They were all bad. Luckily I barely caught it in time. Cost me 50.00 to replace them all
Posted by allan stanton
could not remove tire on roadside and had to PLUG the tire and drive precariously. FORD prefers this--as their media statements indicate
Posted by jordan candelera
currently own f150 has had problems with lug nuts Ford told body repair shop after wreck, to not replace lugs from tires damaged. and they would reimburse
Posted by david brewton
currently own f150 has had problems with lug nuts
Posted by Shawn Delmar
I also have received this issue within my 2010 Ford Escape XLT 4 wheel drive. I earlier & unfortunately had to contact an external company for helping me exchange my flat tire then --> as their wrench couldn't unfortunately help me unscrew my lug nuts.
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