The Ford “death wobble” has the potential to cause serious injuries or death for those in and around Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout all of California.
If you have been affected by the “death wobble,” you could be entitled to a new vehicle, a refund, or a cash settlement!
A class-action lawsuit alleges that Ford Motor Company (“Ford”) failed to disclose longstanding knowledge of suspension and/or steering linkage-system defects in 2005-2019 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks. The class-action lawsuit, Lessin v. Ford Motor Company, et al., Case No. 3:19-cv-01082, was filed on behalf of current and former owners and lessees of 2005-2019 Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks. The alleged defects can cause a vehicle to shake violently, which the lawsuit refers to as the “death wobble.”
The Lessin Case And The Death Wobble?
California Plaintiff, William Lessin, purchased a 2011 Ford F-250 in 2010, which at the time he believed to be in good working condition and without defects.
- Lessin claims to have presented his Ford F-250 to a Ford dealership twice for “death wobble” concerns in less than three months, but that both times the dealership refused to fix the vehicle under warranty and denied the existence of a defect.
- Lessin claims that Ford sold him the vehicle with preexisting knowledge of the defects he alleges in his complaint.
- According to Lessin, Ford has been consciously selling consumers defective trucks for nearly 15 years.
What is the Death Wobble?
The “death wobble” is an uncontrollable and severe shaking of the entire vehicle.
The death wobble is typically triggered when the vehicle is traveling at speeds above 50 miles per hour, and one of the tires hits a groove or bump in the road. This causes a violent shaking of the vehicle, which can only be controlled by a sudden reduction of speed. The violent shaking of the vehicle and the inability of the driver to retain full steering control poses serious safety concerns.
The Ford F-250 and F-350 defects are allegedly linked to abnormal wear and/or loosening of the track bar bushing, damper bracket, ball joints, control arms, shocks, and/or struts, which can result in shaking of the vehicle when encountering irregularities in the road at high speeds.
Have You Experienced the Death Wobble?
As of the most recent data available, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received thousands of consumer complaints involving the death wobble in Ford F-Series trucks. The class action states that “despite knowledge of the defect from the numerous complaints it has received, information received from dealers, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHSTA”) complaints, and their own internal records, including pre-sale durability testing, [Ford] has not recalled and/or offered an adequate suspension repair to the Class Vehicles, offered their customers suitable repairs or replacements free of charge, or offered to reimburse their customers who have incurred out-of-pocket expenses to repair the defect.”
If the Ford dealerships have been unable to repair your Ford truck within the warranty period, you may be entitled to compensation under the California lemon law.
Does Your Ford Truck Qualify as a “Lemon” Under California Lemon Law?
Not every vehicle sold in California will be covered under the state lemon law. The California lemon law is designed to protect consumers who purchase or lease vehicles that have problems covered under warranty.
In order for a vehicle to qualify for lemon law protection in California, it must have been purchased within California (certain exceptions apply to members of the Armed Forces stationed in California). Additionally:
- The vehicle must have been purchased or leased new, or
- A used vehicle must have been purchased within the original manufacturer’s warranty period
Under the lemon law of California, a dealer or manufacturer must be allowed a reasonable opportunity to fix the vehicle. If the dealer or manufacturer is unable to fix a substantial problem within a reasonable amount of time or within a reasonable number of attempts within the warranty period, your vehicle may qualify.
However, the lemon law is vague when it comes to determining how many attempts a dealer or manufacturer gets to fix the vehicle. The state’s lemon law says that dealers or manufacturers are allowed a “reasonable” number of attempts, and this is typically determined on a case-by-case basis.
The “reasonable opportunity to repair” requirement may also be satisfied if your vehicle has been at the repair facility for a cumulative total of more than 30 days for a particular issue (not necessarily at the same time).
Can I Get A New Ford Or Refund Under The California Lemon Law?
Under the California lemon law, if a vehicle manufacturer is unable to repair a “nonconformity” after a “reasonable” number of attempts, the manufacturer must either promptly repurchase or replace the defective vehicle.
If your Ford truck qualifies as a “lemon” under California lemon law, you may be entitled to one of the following:
- A refund of your down payment, monthly payments, and a full lease/loan payoff (less a statutory mileage offset for the distance driven from the time of purchase to the first repair attempt.)
- A similar replacement vehicle.
- A cash settlement.
The California Lemon Law Attorneys at Young & Young APC Can Help You
The California lemon law attorneys at Young & Young APC are dedicated to holding auto manufactures and auto dealerships accountable. If you think you have purchased or leased a Ford lemon vehicle, you need an experienced lemon law attorney to represent you. Our lemon law attorneys have successfully handled countless cases against Ford Motor Company. We represent consumers in lemon law cases in San Diego, Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and throughout all of California. If you believe your Ford vehicle qualifies under California’s lemon law, contact our firm for your free case evaluation at (833) 536-6600.