Posted On August 10, 2022 Product Liability and Class Action News
August 8, 2022 – Ford Motor Company has begun receiving customer complaints regarding the automatic start-stop functions on Ford F-150 trucks. Although Ford has yet to acknowledge the defect, the law firm of Console & Associates P.C. is taking these consumer claims seriously and investigating vehicle owners’ rights and remedies. At Console & Associates, P.C., we understand your frustration and concern and want to ensure that your vehicle is safe for you and your family. We also recognize that Ford F-150s, like all vehicles these days, are a major expense and that you purchased your truck based on the company’s assurance that it was free of defects. We are following additional claims of defective auto start-stop systems in Ford F-150s to determine whether vehicle owners can have their vehicles repaired at no cost or if a class action lawsuit is necessary.
Console & Associates, P.C. provides all prospective clients with free consultations, during which we will answer your questions, advise you of your options, and help you determine the best course of action to ensure your vehicle is repaired or you receive the appropriate compensation.
The fundamental purpose behind the automatic start-stop feature is to preserve fuel and protect the climate. For many, this is most noticeable when you pull up to a stop light, and the truck shuts down and then restarts when you apply pressure to the gas pedal. This feature should work automatically and should not require a driver’s attention. The sensors keep track of the vehicle and its battery systems and restarts the engine to meet driver and passenger comfort or when the vehicle is about to move.
Some drivers report that their Ford F 150’s has been stopping, dying, or completely losing engine performance. Further, some customers complained that their vehicles stalled after the auto start-stop system was activated. These failures are dangerous anytime; however, they present additional hazards during heavy traffic.
Ford reports that all Ford F-150s manufactured between 2018-2020 equipped with the automatic start-stop feature may be affected by this defect. This may include:
Vehicle owners report that the potentially dangerous auto start-stop systems in Ford F-150s may show symptoms before ultimately failing. If you have a Ford F-150 manufactured between 2018 and 2020 and notice any of the following symptoms, it may be related to a potentially defective auto start-stop system.
Although the auto stop-start system is not perfect, under normal conditions, your truck should start and stop seamlessly. Defective auto-start systems are frightening and can present serious safety issues for drivers, passengers, and bystanders.
Despite consumer complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford has yet to issue a recall for any potentially defective Ford F-150 vehicles. Whether Ford will recall, replace, or fix a faulty auto-start system depends on several factors. In a best-case scenario, the manufacturer should replace or repair defective vehicles that are still under the original manufacturer’s warranty. However, barring a vehicle recall, it is unlikely that Ford will recall defective Ford F-150s outside the initial warranty period.
If you own a Ford F-150 and your vehicle is experiencing problems with the automatic start-stop function, the technology installed on your truck may be defective. However, Ford has yet to acknowledge any defect or issue a recall. Accordingly, unless the company voluntarily agrees to compensate you, your only options are to pay out-of-pocket for the repair or live with the potentially dangerous malfunctioning auto start-stop system.
At Console & Associates, P.C., we offer a third option. Our product liability attorneys are looking into defective Ford F-150 automatic start-stop claims on behalf of vehicle owners. If evidence emerges indicating that these auto start-stop systems were defective, owners may be able to join a class action lawsuit seeking compensation from the companies. To learn more about the potentially defective auto start-stop feature and to schedule a free consultation with an attorney to discuss the problems you are having with your vehicle, give us a call at 866-778-5500 or connect with us through our online contact form.