🔥Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator Owners Sue Over Engine Fire Risk
Last month, select 2021 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator models were recalled for underhood fires that have affected a total of 16 vehicles thus far. Ford began investigating the matter back in March but has yet to determine what’s causing these fires, and has asked owners to park their vehicles outside and away from structures for the time being
Ford Motor Co. sold Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators that were dangerously defective and prone to catching fire both while driving, and while the vehicles are off, a new class-action lawsuit alleges.
According to the lawsuit, these vehicles “were dangerously defective and prone to catching fire, including while driving, while parked but (turned) on, and while parked and (turned) off. Then, though Ford knew or should have known of the fire risk prior to launching the vehicles, it did nothing to warn owners and lessees until very recently.”
The issue is believed to affect 39,013 vehicles in total – 32,711 Expeditions and 6,302 Lincoln Navigators built between Dec. 1st, 2020, and Apr. 30th, 2021
“The fire risk exposes vehicle owners, passengers, other drivers on the road and neighbors to an unreasonable risk of accident, injury, death, or property damage if the vehicle catches fire while in operation or, perhaps more commonly, spontaneously ignites while the vehicle is parked at home, on a public street, or in a public parking lot,” the firm said. “Catastrophic fire risk is the direct result of a defect that was known or should have been known to Ford and the company misrepresented the vehicles’ safety, reliability, functionality, and quality by this omission. To date, there have been 16 fires in a vehicle population of just 39,000, a number that Ford acknowledges is statistically significant.”
The plaintiffs are represented by Steve W. Berman, Thomas E. Loeser and Rachel E. Fitzpatrick of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP; and E. Powell Miller, Sharon S. Almonrode and Dennis A. Lienhardt of The Miller Law Firm PC.
The Ford Spontaneous Fire Defect Class Action Lawsuit is Jessica Stahlman v. Ford Motor Co., Case No. 4:22-cv-11244-SDK-DRG in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
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