A new Ford master cylinder lawsuit (Terry Klepac v. Ford Motor Company) accuses Ford Motor Company of selling vehicles with defects in the rear and middle seals of the master cylinder. It is alleged that these seals have the potential to fail, leading to the leakage of brake fluid either into the brake booster or internally within the system.
These failures can result in various safety concerns, including a loss of hydraulic brake pressure, increased brake pedal travel, and extended stopping distances. The class action lawsuit claims that Ford had prior knowledge of the master cylinder defects dating as far back as 2013.
In response to mounting concerns, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated an investigation in February 2016. The investigation specifically targeted internal brake fluid leaks in 2013-2014 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5-liter engines. NHTSA suspected that brake fluid was seeping from the master cylinders into the brake boosters.
Which vehicles are included in the 2023 Ford Master Cylinder Lawsuit?
The following vehicles are included in the most recent Ford Master Cylinder Lawsuit:
- 2019 Ford F-150
- 2015-2019 Ford Expedition
- 2015-2019 Lincoln Navigator
Ford vehicles manufactured in 2013-2018 were included in a previous lawsuit for which the exclusion date has already passed. If you own one of the vehicles listed above and are currently experiencing master cylinder problems, staying informed about the developments of this ongoing lawsuit is recommended.
We recommend both keeping yourself updated, which can help you understand your rights and potential legal options and consulting with a legal professional specializing in automotive litigation, particularly those experienced in handling lemon law cases or class action lawsuits, can provide you with valuable guidance and assistance in pursuing any available recourse.
Is this the first Step Bore Master Cylinder Lawsuit against Ford?
No, over the years, there have been multiple recalls, lawsuits, and federal investigations pertaining to the Master Cylinder issue. Most of these previous recalls and lawsuits primarily centered around one specific vehicle model – the Ford F-150.
Ford Expedition brake problems and Lincoln Navigator brake problems have not been addressed in previous lawsuits or recalls. The new Step Bore Master Cylinder Lawsuit brings attention to potential issues in these models that may have previously been overlooked.
Was there a Ford F-150 Master Cylinder Recall?
Yes, in 2016 Ford issued an F150 master cylinder recall, stating that the brake fluid leak only impacted the front wheel brakes and had no effect on rear wheel braking. However, the class action lawsuit alleges that Ford provided false information regarding the extent of the issue.
What are the symptoms of a failed master cylinder?
Here is a list of symptoms that can indicate a failed master cylinder:
- Soft or spongy brake pedal
- Brake fluid leakage
- Loss of braking power
- Brake pedal sinks to the floor
- Illuminated brake warning light
- Contaminated brake fluid
If you notice any of these symptoms, it is crucial to have your vehicle inspected and repaired by a qualified mechanic to ensure your safety while driving. Ignoring or delaying the necessary repairs can pose serious risks on the road, as master cylinder problems can compromise your ability to brake effectively and maintain control of your vehicle.
When you experience a loss of hydraulic brake pressure, it can significantly impact your vehicle’s braking performance. The brakes may feel spongy or require excessive pedal travel before engaging, making it difficult to stop the vehicle quickly and safely. This can lead to longer stopping distances and potentially dangerous scenarios.
What should I do if I experience Master Cylinder issues?
If you experience master cylinder issues with your vehicle, it is important to take appropriate steps to ensure your safety and address the problem. Here’s what you should consider doing:
- Safety First: If you notice any signs of brake problems, prioritize your safety and the safety of others on the road. Exercise caution and take necessary precautions to avoid accidents or collisions.
- Seek Professional Inspection: Contact a qualified automotive technician or take your vehicle to an authorized service center. They have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and repair master cylinder issues accurately. Explain the symptoms you have observed and any relevant details to help them assess the problem effectively.
- Document Evidence: Keep records of any issues you have encountered, including dates, symptoms, and any repairs or maintenance performed. Documentation can be valuable if you need to provide evidence in support of your case or if the issue persists and further action is required.
- Contact the Manufacturer or Dealer: Contact the manufacturer or authorized manufacturer dealership to report the problem. They may provide guidance or assistance in addressing the master cylinder issue.
- Consult Legal Advice: If you believe that your vehicle’s master cylinder issues are a result of a known defect or if you have incurred significant expenses for repairs, it may be advisable to seek legal advice. A qualified attorney specializing in lemon law and consumer rights may help assess your situation and provide guidance on potential legal remedies, such as opting out of a class action lawsuit and/or pursuing an individual claim.
Remember, addressing master cylinder issues promptly is crucial for maintaining the safety and performance of your vehicle. By following these steps, you can take appropriate actions to address the problem and protect your rights as a consumer.
Contact the Ford Lemon Law Experts
If you are experiencing master cylinder problems in your Ford vehicle, it is important to understand your rights and options. You may be eligible for compensation or even a replacement vehicle under lemon law, which protects consumers from defective vehicles.
To navigate the complex lemon law process, we highly recommend that you contact a lemon law expert or legal firm specializing in lemon law cases.
At the Lemon Law Experts, we have a proven track record of success in handling lemon law cases, including those involving master cylinder issues. Whether it involves negotiating with the manufacturer for a fair settlement or taking your case to trial, we will tirelessly fight on your behalf to achieve the best possible outcome.
If you are experiencing master cylinder problems in your car, do not hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. We can help you determine your legal options and guide you through the process of pursuing a lemon law claim.