A proposed class action alleges Ford “knowingly sold approximately 3 million Class Vehicles containing a safety defect that creates a serious risk for unintended movement or rollaway crashes.”
According to the lawsuit, certain vehicles have defective shift cable bushings. Shift cable bushings connect the transmission and gear shift. The specific cable bushings in the vehicles at issue are Hilex (Hytrel 4556) Shift Bushings. The bushings detach and degrade over time, causing unintended vehicle movement, including roll-aways. This alleged defect risks catastrophic crashes that endanger vehicle passengers and bystanders. And, as the complaint further contends, Ford delayed issuing recalls even after becoming aware of the alleged defect.
The complaint seeks to certify a class of the following vehicles that are allegedly affected:
- 2013-2019 Ford Escape
- 2013-2016 Ford Fusion
- 2013-2018 Ford C-Max
- 2013-2021 Ford Transit Connect
- 2015-2018 Ford Edge
The proposed class representatives assert claims including fraudulent concealment, unjust enrichment, and breach of warranty. They seek to represent nationwide and various state classes. The lawsuit requests remedies including damages and attorneys’ fees.
The case is Sergio Diaz, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, case number 2:23-cv-10029-GCS-EAS, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.