If you own a 2013-2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck, you may be eligible to join a nationwide class-action case seeking damages related to a safety defect that could cause the sudden loss of brake power.
The class-action, filed in a U.S. court in Eastern Michigan by the Beasley Allen Law Firm of Montgomery, Alabama, and the Miller Law Firm of Rochester, Michigan, alleges that Ford has put drivers of the affected F-150s and motorists with whom they share the road at risk.
According to the lawsuit, Ford F-150s from model years 2013-2018 are built with brake master cylinders made by Hitachi that contain a single piston cup seal instead of the usual two seals to prevent pressurized brake fluid from leaking out.
While the master cylinders place twice the sealing loads on the single piston cup, Hitachi’s unusual design can allow the cup seal within the master cylinder to roll within its grooves and become unseated, allowing brake fluid to drain out of the assembly.
A loss of brake fluid leads to a loss of hydraulic pressure on the brake system, resulting in a loss of brake function in the affected vehicles.
Several drivers of the 2013-2018 Ford F-150 trucks report rolling through stop signs and red lights, helpless as their pickups crashed into other vehicles or objects because of the sudden loss of braking power.
The master cylinder defect mostly affects the front brake circuits, which account for 75 percent of the vehicle’s braking force. Thus, an unsealed master cylinder in the F-150s results in an almost total loss of brake function.
Following an evaluation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation of brake-related complaints in 2013-2014 Ford F-150s with 3.5-liter “EcoBoost” engines, Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall in May 2016, acknowledging the master cylinder defect.
But Ford’s recall was grossly inadequate because it failed to address the problem in all affected 2013-2014 models, which share the exact same Hitachi master cylinder. The class action notes that Ford also replaced the master cylinders in the recalled vehicles with cylinders that were internally identical to the originals, thus swapping one defective part with another.
Ford also continued to install master cylinders with the same defect in model-year 2015-2018 F-150s, even when its own internal communications demonstrate that the automaker clearly knew about the problem but failed to correct it, despite the risks to its customers and others on the road.
Beasley Allen Law Firm is looking at any claims involving 2013-2018 model year Ford F-150s involving brake failure or abnormal brake behavior. If you feel you have a claim, contact our firm at 800-898-2034 or fill out the contact form on this website, and we will be happy to evaluate your claim.