F250 and F350 Tailgate Opening Problem

Owners of the Ford F250 and F350 have complained unexpected tailgate openings.  If you experienced this problem you may be entitled to compensation or a new vehicle.


1. Reported Complaints

One source reports,  www.carcomplaints.com/news/2018/ford-f-250-f-350-tailgates-opening.shtml

The F-250 and F-350 trucks are equipped with electronic tailgates that can be opened with the key fobs, but five owners filed complaints saying the tailgates opened without warning and uncommanded. Here’s a sampling of the five tailgate complaints received by NHTSA.

“While driving 45 mph, the tailgate inadvertently opened and damaged the tail lights.”

“The rear tailgate will open randomly on its own. I’ve taken it in and nothing was done.”  Another 2017 Ford Super Duty truck owner says the tailgate has dropped about 17 times and finally the tailgate opened as the truck was going 65 mph on a mountain road and damaged the trailer and tailgate. The driver also said the experience caused him to disconnect the wiring to the tailgate. An F-250 owner said the truck had less than 5,000 miles on it when the tailgate dropped opened uncommanded three times. The driver says the tailgate and trailer were damaged. Finally, another truck owner complained the tailgate had open uncommanded at least 12 times while driving. The dealer had no answer about how to repair the problem and further said there was no way to disable the tailgate lock. The driver also complained there is no warning light to indicate when the tailgate is open.

2. Tailgate Opening Service Report 

Ford had issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) 17-2196 to dealers in October 2017 for 2017 F-Super Duty trucks built on or before June 7, 2017. Titled “Intermittent Electrical Concerns, Rear Parking Aid Camera Inop And/Or Uncommanded Tailgate Opening,” the TSB talked about a wiring harness numbered 14405.

The bulletin said the Super Duty trucks could suffer from water intrusion into the wiring harnesses and cause uncommanded tailgate openings. In addition, there may be a loss of communication on the speed controller area network (MS-CAN) and water intrusion could also cause problems with the rear-view cameras.


3. Repairs 

Ford dealers were told the tailgate problems could be fixed by the following methods.

2017 F-Super Duty 6.2-liter: Inspect connectors and replace the wire harness and include the time to remove/install the fuel tank, evaporative emission canister and replace one of the female side connectors.
2017 F-Super Duty 6.7-liter: Inspect connectors and replace the wire harnesses and include the time to remove/install the fuel and reductant tanks and to replace one of the female side connectors.
NHTSA’s investigation could be concluded in various ways. It’s possible safety regulators may find nothing wrong to indicate a safety defect, or they could upgrade the investigation. It’s also possible NHTSA could find what it believes to be a safety defect and request that Ford orders an official F-250 and F-350 tailgate recall.

If you experienced the Ford Tailgate Problem, Call for a Free Consultation

 

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Ford Focus Stalling Recall

Ford is recalling nearly 1.3 million cars in the United States to repair fuel tanks that can cause engine stalls.   Owners have reported stalling and erratic idles to fuel gauges rapidly changing and deformed fuel tanks.

 

IF YOU RECEIVED A RECALL NOTICE OR EXPERIENCED STALLING, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION.  CALL (973) 598-1980 FOR A FREE CONSULTATION

 

Air-conditioning problem

 

The problem, Ford says, is that a faulty purge valve in the fuel tank’s evaporative emission-control system (EVAP) may remain open when it shouldn’t, which can then send liquid fuel into the EVAP system and partially collapse the fuel tank because of excess vacuum pressure. The EVAP system traps gasoline vapors into a charcoal filter and at specific times will release the vapors via the purge valve back into the engine’s throttle body. This ensures that gasoline vapors do not evaporate into the atmosphere. When liquid fuel enters instead of vapor, the problems owners have reported may occur. www.caranddriver.com/news/a24218133/ford-focus-recall-stalling

Starting in December, dealers will reprogram the powertrain ECU to prevent the valve from remaining open. If the purge valve on a customer’s vehicle is faulty, the dealer will replace it along with the carbon filter, fuel pump, and the entire tank if needed. Ford recommends owners keep the tank at least half full until the recall begins.

Ford corrected the issue for naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engines on the production line in April 2017 and for turbocharged 2.0-liter engines (the Focus ST model) in February. According to the filing, NHTSA contacted Ford in May about the problem after reviewing owner complaints on 2012 through 2014 models. However, Ford did not report any defects to NHTSA despite conducting an “analysis” in 2017 and issuing multiple technical service bulletins since at least 2013 that called for dealers to replace the EVAP canister and fuel tanks of some of the associated Focus models. A Focus owner sued Ford in 2016 and amended the lawsuit into a class action, although the case was dismissed and settled privately in February.

Ford previously recalled the 2014 Focus for fuel problems in 2014 and 2015; both recalls involved faulty fuel pumps that could stall the car. A NHTSA investigation into carbon-monoxide poisoning entering the cabins of Ford Explorer models is also ongoing.

Sources Car and Driver Article About Ford Stalling Recall
Ford Recall Wall Street Journal review

Ford PowerShift Transmission Defect

 

 

Owners of the Ford “PowerShift” Transmission have experienced numerous problems.  This includes 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus vehicles.

 

A class action has been filed entitled Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company and Cusick, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, alleging breach of implied and express warranty.  That lawsuit is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. CV12-08388 ABC (FFMx) and 15-cv-08831-AB-FFMx. The lawsuits alleges Ford:

  • failed to disclose the fact that the PowerShift transmission contains one or more design and/or manufacturing defects that cause problems and unsafe conditions, including, but not limited to, suddenly lurching forward, delayed acceleration, and sudden loss of forward propulsion.

Owners of these defective vehicles may be entitled to compensation for loss of use, diminished value, or other claims.  We offer a free consultation on your case.  

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