Ford Exaggerated Pickup Truck Load Capacity, Endangering Drivers, A Class Action Lawsuit Claims
Ford advertised its Ford F-Super Duty: F350 trucks as “Best in Class” in terms of hauling capacity, but the trucks’ payload capacity was overstated, a new class action lawsuit argues.
On Monday, Plaintiff David M. Rathmann filed a class action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company in a federal court in Houston, alleging violations of Texas consumer law, fraud, and fraudulent misrepresentation.
According to Rathmann, Ford began selling or leasing hundreds of 2020 model Ford F-350 pickup trucks in 2019. The trucks were targeted primarily towards consumers looking for pickups capable of pulling heavy loads.
These trucks were acquired or leased by unwary customers who relied on Ford’s statements about the F-350’s features and chose these trucks specifically for their towing and hauling capability, Rathmann added.
He also claims that the pickup trucks were sold under three different sets of specifications, but each set significantly exaggerated the trucks’ accurate specifications.
Can Ford F-Super Duty: F350 Pickup Trucks Go Further?
If the trucks are loaded to the maximum payload specified on one of the labels, they will surpass the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or Gross Axle Weight Rating, rendering them hazardous to drive and raising the chance of an accident, Plaintiff argues.
Thus, by driving the vehicles for their intended purpose—superior towing and hauling—Ford’s customers are not only incurring higher wear and tear on their truck but also increases the likelihood of dangerous accidents.
Rathmann says that without the claimed payload capacity, the trucks are worth less than what customers paid for them and may result in increased repair costs for drivers.
Additionally, he asserts that Ford was aware of the issue ever since September 4, 2020, and still proceeded to sell the trucks without informing customers for a full six months afterward.
David M. Rathmann et al., v. Ford Motor Company
Rathmann is seeking to represent anyone who purchased or leased a 2020 Ford F-Super Duty: F350 prior to March 2021 with the following:
- 6.7L Diesel Engine
- Single Rear Wheels (SRW)
- Crew Cab
- Long Box
- 12k or 12.4k Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR)
Plaintiff is suing Ford Motor Company for breach of warranty, violations of the Texas consumer protection law, common law fraud, and fraudulent misrepresentation. At the same time, he is seeking Class certification, a jury trial, more than $5 million in damages, and attorneys’ fees, and costs.
Editor’s Note on Ford F-Super Duty: F350 Loading Capacity Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to notify you of Ford’s alleged fraudulent misrepresentation of its Ford F-Super Duty: F350 pickup trucks’ loading capacity.
Case Name & No.: David M. Rathmann et al., v. Ford Motor Company, Case No. 6:21-cv-00610
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas Waco Division
Products/Services: 2020 Ford F-Super Duty: F350
Allegations: Fraudulent misrepresentation of Ford F-Super Duty: F350 trucks’ loading capacity
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