What is the “death wobble” on Ford trucks? It’s as scary as the name sounds. The death wobble is a violent shaking that happens to the front end of many Ford F250 and F350 Super Duty trucks. It typically occurs at speeds over 50 miles per hour. It can also happen after going over bumps or grooves in the road. To stop the shaking, drivers must quickly slow way down or even stop completely. Slowing or having to stop on fast-moving highways puts both truck occupants and other vehicles at risk.
More than 1,200 Ford truck drivers have filed complaints about the issue to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Numerous drivers have reported frightening incidents of losing control of their trucks. Several serious accidents with injuries have occurred.
If you own one of these Ford trucks and you think it has this manufacturing defect, it’s important to file a complaint with the NHTSA. The more complaints that the Administration receives, the greater the chance of Ford’s issuing recalls on the trucks. Filing a complaint will also put you on record as having a concern about your truck’s safety. This can be to your benefit in a legal claim should an unfortunate accident happen.
When you need sound answers to your questions about your rights when you own a vehicle with the death wobble, contact our experienced truck accident lawyers. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 for a free consultation.
Ford Death Wobble F250 Class Action Lawsuit Filed in 2019
In 2019, a Ford death wobble F250 class action lawsuit was filed against Ford Motor Company. The lawsuit also includes F350 trucks and is for F250/F350 model years 2005 through 2019. It alleges that the trucks have defects in their suspension and steering linkage systems that cause the vehicles to shake, and that the company concealed the problems from consumers.
The suit goes on to say:
“The violent shaking of the vehicle can cause loss of control of the vehicle and difficulty steering while the Class Vehicles are in operation at any time and under typical driving conditions or speed. This exposes the driver and occupants of the Class Vehicles, as well as others who share the road with them, to an increased risk of accident, injury, or death.”
Despite this lawsuit and consumer complaints, the car maker has refused to issue a recall of the vehicles. Recall and repair costs are expensive. It will save Ford a lot of money if the company can avoid making them.
Also, it hasn’t come up with a satisfactory way to end the problem. An instruction went out to Ford dealerships to fix the steering dampers on 2017-2019 trucks. But Ford owners have reported in online complaint forums that the steering damper fix lasted only months. Then the death wobble returned. Trucks from earlier years were not offered such a fix.
Ford Reportedly Not Honoring Truck Owner Warranties
Some F250 and F350 owners have reported that their warranties were not being honored. Some Ford repair shops have allegedly tried to blame truck owners for the problem by saying owners did not properly maintain their vehicles. This gets Ford out of paying to fix the defect.
Our product defect attorneys at Houston’s the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant have extensive experience standing up to large auto manufacturers who don’t take responsibility for their dangerous and defective vehicles. If you have a truck that is affected by the notorious Ford death wobble, you may have recourse against the manufacturer. Call us at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 for a free consultation. We will investigate your case and help you explore your options.
What Owners Want in the Ford F250 and F350 Death Wobble Lawsuit
Ford truck owners in the class action suit are asking for:
- A nationwide recall to fix the defect
- Reimbursement for repairs they’ve already made
- Compensation for injuries suffered in accidents caused by the defect.
We know that truck repairs are costly. You shouldn’t be on the hook for the costs of repairing a manufacturer’s defect. If you have a Ford F250 or F350 truck with a death wobble, be sure to save any repair paperwork as well as receipts showing what you paid for the work.
Depending upon how the lawsuit resolves, you may be able to get compensation for your expenses. When you contact our law firm, we can advise you based on the details of your case.
What You Might Get from a Ford F250 and F350 Death Wobble Lawsuit If You Are Injured
We hope that no one else will be injured because of this uncorrected defect. However, if you should unfortunately be hurt in an accident, our truck injury lawyers will explain the possibility of filing a Ford F250 and F350 death wobble lawsuit for your injuries.
Compensation in motor vehicle accident lawsuits can vary, depending upon the seriousness of the injuries and property damage. Typical damages in accident claims include money for:
- Current and future medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost wages from missing time at work
- Future loss of income if you can no longer work
- Pain and suffering for your physical trauma and emotional upset
We are not afraid to fight for your rights if you have been in an accident caused by the death wobble in a Ford truck. Call our law firm today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 to schedule a free consultation.
Ford Super Duty Trucks’ Death Wobble May Show Up In Later Vehicles
People considering paying tens of thousands for a 2020 F250 or F350 truck should be aware of this serious issue before they put down their hard-earned dollars. The Ford Super Duty trucks’ death wobble is likely to show up in some of these later vehicles until the company identifies and corrects the defect. As the 2020 trucks begin to put on miles, further complaints about the defect may arise. Until Ford takes responsibility for fixing the issue, more fatalities due to death wobble will not be surprising.
How Do You Fix the Death Wobble in Trucks?
How do you fix the death wobble in trucks? The question might more accurately be, can the death wobble be fixed? Some owners of the trucks have made numerous visits to Ford mechanics to have various front-end parts replaced. The fix for each part lasts for a while and then the wobble returns.
It is the responsibility of Ford to recall their vehicles and put a permanent fix in place. Frustrated consumers should not have to worry about paying for repairs for a defect they didn’t cause. And, most importantly, truck owners should not have to worry about potentially being injured in an accident or harming someone else. Some owners refuse to allow their family to ride in the truck because of their worry about crashing.
Get Answers from Our Experienced Houston Attorneys Led by a Former Texas Judge
When you are faced with a defective and dangerous truck and the manufacturer is not addressing the problem, we can answer your questions. We will advise you about steps you might take toward joining the class action lawsuit and other options you may potentially have. Our product defect attorneys in Houston are highly skilled at taking on big corporations who don’t do right by consumers. Contact the accident and injury law office of Terry Bryant today at (713) 973-8888 or toll-free 1 (800) 444-5000 for a free, no-obligation, consultation. We are on your side.