Ford Sued for Alleged F- and E-Series Fuel Tank Defect

By Trevor Dorchies | March 16, 2012
Ford Motor Company is being sued for allegedly selling trucks it knew had a defective fuel tank. Coba Landscaping and Construction Inc., a company based in Chester New Jersey, has filed the suit alleging fraud, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment, among others. The landscape and construction company is seeking compensatory, punitive, and triple damages. The alleged issue at hand claims that F-Series trucks and E-Series vans manufactured between 1999 and 2008 are in possession of a defective fuel tank. The tank is believed to "separate and flake off," in turn clogging the fuel system with rust and other debris. The end result can cause the trucks and vans to suddenly lose power from the engine as well as buck and stall. Supposedly this isn't the first time Ford has heard of this alleged issue either. Back in 2007 the Blue Oval boys issued a "secret" technical service bulletin to alert dealers of the problem. However, the bulletin omitted to offer a recall or offer to fix the affected vehicles for free.
"We haven't been served with the lawsuit yet so we can't comment until we review it," Ford spokeswoman Marcey Evans said. According to the complaint filed in New Jersey federal court on Wednesday, "hundreds, if not thousands" of drivers have been at the mercy of this defect. The Ford F-Series truck has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for 35 years running. As always, stay tuned as more details from this situation unfold. Source: Automotive News (subscription required)