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Ford F-350 Overstated Towing Capacity Class Action

Ford advertised certain of its 2020 F-350 pickup trucks as having “Best in Class” towing capacity. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the specification documents given to those who bought or leased the vehicles overstated their towing or hauling capacity. If those who own or lease the vehicles load them to the stated payloads, the complaint alleges, they will actually be overloaded, “making them unsafe to drive, and increasing the risk of an accident.”

The class for this action is all individuals in the US who, before March 2021, bought or leased a Ford F-Super Duty F-350 configured with the 6.7L diesel engine, single rear wheels, 4×4, crew cab, long box, and either the 12K or 12.4K gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).

These trucks were “specifically marketed to consumers shopping for trucks capable of towing heavy loads[,]” the complaint claims.

They came with three sets of specifications:

  • Tire and Loading Information (TREAD) Label, listing the vehicles’ payload capacity
  • Safety Certification Label, stating the vehicles’ accessory reserve capacity (ARC) values
  • Truck Camper Loading Documentation, stating the vehicles’ weight values

Unfortunately, the complaint claims, each of these documents “overstated the actual specifications of the Vehicle… In fact, if the Class Vehicles are loaded to the payload stated on the TREAD label, the Class Vehicles will exceed the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) thus overloading” them. According to the complaint, the overloading produces increased wear and tear on the vehicles and increases the risk of accidents.

In early September 2020, the complaint claims, Ford found, during a yearly vehicle audit, that the F-350s were mislabeled. Ford reviewed the problem for five months. It discovered that the weight capacities of the vehicles were overstated by from 78 to 900 pounds and that the components, such as tires, springs, and brakes, were inadequate to cope with the payload capacities in the documentation.

The company’s Field Review Committee approved an action on February 11, 2021; on February 18, 2021, it registered a safety recall report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Among other things, the recall report said that “[i]f the vehicle is loaded to the payload value stated on the TREAD label … [t]his may result in … suspension overload and increased stopping distance, which could increase the risk of a vehicle crash.”

However, Ford did not do anything to make the vehicle live up to its original promises, the complaint says: “The only remedy Ford made available under the Recall was to replace the Tire and Loading Information Label, Safety Certification Label, and Truck Camper Loading Documentation. In other words, Ford would supply purchasers/lessors of the Class Vehicles with a new sticker, and nothing more.”

Ford notified dealers of the recall on February 19. On February 24, 2021, it sent dealers a second notice. The complaint claims that “this second notification letter stated affirmatively that no refunds or repairs outside Ford’s standard warranties would be approved under the Recall.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Ford F-350 Overstated Towing Capacity Complaint

June 14, 2021

Ford advertised certain of its 2020 F-350 pickup trucks as having “Best in Class” towing capacity. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the specification documents given to those who bought or leased the vehicles overstated their towing or hauling capacity. If those who own or lease the vehicles load them to the stated payloads, the complaint alleges, they will actually be overloaded, “making them unsafe to drive, and increasing the risk of an accident.”

Ford F-350 Overstated Towing Capacity Complaint

Case Event History

Ford F-350 Overstated Towing Capacity Complaint

June 14, 2021

Ford advertised certain of its 2020 F-350 pickup trucks as having “Best in Class” towing capacity. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the specification documents given to those who bought or leased the vehicles overstated their towing or hauling capacity. If those who own or lease the vehicles load them to the stated payloads, the complaint alleges, they will actually be overloaded, “making them unsafe to drive, and increasing the risk of an accident.”

Ford F-350 Overstated Towing Capacity Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Towing