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Defective vehicle engine leads to lawsuit

A product liability lawsuit has been filed against the Ford Motor Co. over allegations of defective engines in the auto manufacturer's vehicles. Three different owners of Ford vehicles have filed the lawsuit saying that the company's six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective and could lead to car accidents. 

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs' state that the engine has design, manufacturing or assembly defects that results in their vehicles to misfire, shake and lose power, putting them at risk for being in a serious crash as a result of the defective engine. The lawsuit claims that the problems usually happen when traveling at higher speeds on the highway.

According to the lawsuit, the problems are caused by a buildup of moisture in the engine and causes significant issues when the vehicles try to accelerate. The lawsuit says that Ford knew about the defects, citing that the company sent out service manuals and ways to fix this problem to dealerships that sold Ford F-150 vehicles with the EcoBoost engine. Despite notifying dealerships about the potential issues, Ford failed to inform owners about the defects.

Research shows that only Ford vehicles with the V-6 EcoBoost have been implicated in any lawsuits for defective engines. The Ford vehicles that have this engine include the 2010-2013 Ford Flex crossover and Taurus, the 2010-2013 Lincoln MKT crossover and MKS sedan, the 2011-2013 F-150 pickup and the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that they have received almost 100 complaints from consumers about the potential defects in the engine made by Ford. The NHTSA has not opened an investigation yet into the allegations of the defect but they could in the future. Ford also has not issued a recall on any vehicles over the alleged defective engine.

Source: Automotive News, "Lawsuit claims defects in Ford 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine," Vince Bond Jr., May 15, 2013

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