Ford Door Latch Class Action Settlement; Lawsuit Filed Over Door Latch Defect
A class action lawsuit was filed against Ford for defective door latches on their F-150 pickups.
Consumers allege that the doors would not latch and lock due to the cold weather.
According to the class action lawsuit, Ford advertises their trucks as “Built Ford Tough,” “Battle-Tested”, and would provide “Rock-solid Durability.” However, the doors and locks on the 2015 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew pickup allegedly could not handle cold weather.
Plaintiff has had the problems fixed at the dealership five times which includes “front, rear, driver and passenger side doors that would not latch close; electric locks that would not open; door handles not moving; locks not releasing; and having to use the door’s exterior electronic keypad to lock the doors,” but they have never been able to do so.
Ford trucks allegedly affected by the defect included:
- 2015 to 2018 F-150s
- 2017 to 2018 F-250s, F-350s, F-405s and F-550
- 2019 F-150s, F-250s, F-350s, F-450s and F-550s
Two technical service bulletins about the allegedly defective door latches were sent out but no recall was made, and the carmaker failed to fix the problem.
Read more about the case under Kommer v. Ford Motor Company, Case No. 1:17-cv-00296, N.D. NY.
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The Settlement Details
Ford is not admitting to any wrongdoing but has agreed to settle the lawsuit with a $5.3 million settlement to end the class action lawsuit.
The settlement benefits current and former owners or lessees of model year 2015 through 2019 Ford F-Series trucks. A VIN lookup is available on the settlement website to determine qualification.
In addition, Ford has agreed to notify class action members of Door Latch Service Programs available in their area.
Affected consumers can expect a potential award of up to $400, scheduled as follows:
- Consumers with proof of payment for a door latch repair prior to May 4, 2020, can claim up to $400 in reimbursement for the repair and out-of-pocket expenses, such as towing charges or car rentals.
- Consumers with proof of payment for the repair of their door latch between May 4, 2020, and May 4, 2021, can claim up to $200 in reimbursement for repairs and out-of-pocket expenses.
- Class Action Members can also claim a $10 cash award for dissatisfaction with their door latch performance.
Valid claim forms for past repairs and for dissatisfaction must be submitted by November 30, 2020, while those claiming future repairs must submit by either November 30, 2020, or 30 days after the repair, whichever is later.
The deadline for exclusion or objection is on November 2, 2020, while the final hearing is scheduled for December 2, 2020.
If you’re affected by the Ford Door Latch Defect lawsuit settlement, we’d love to hear from you.
Editor’s note on the Ford Door Latch Class Action Settlement:
This piece is written about the recent Ford Door Latch Class Action Settlement. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit settlement, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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