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2020 Ford F-350 Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Incorrect Labeling

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Earlier this year, Ford issued a recall for select 2020 Ford Super Duty vehicles equipped with the automaker’s 6.7L Power Stroke diesel due to overstated payload capacity values on the tire and loading information label, overstated accessory reserve capacity values on the safety certification label, and overstated weight values on the truck camper loading documentation. Now, a 2020 Ford F-350 class action lawsuit has been filed over the incorrect labeling, according to Car Complaints.

The 2020 Ford F-350 lawsuit – David M. Rathmann, vs. Ford Motor Company – was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco, and alleges that the affected trucks are less valuable as a direct result of the incorrect labels, which display capacities greater than what the trucks are actually capable of.

The plaintiff’s truck showed that its maximum payload capacity was 4,576 pounds, along with a front axle accessory reserve capacity of 926 pounds and a total accessory reserve capacity of 1,141 pounds when he purchased the F-350. After receiving a replacement label, the plaintiff learned that the truck’s actual max payload was 4,237 pounds, with an 834-pound axle accessory reserve capacity and 803-pound total accessory reserve capacity.

The plaintiff argues that “none” of the 11,729 affected F-350 owners would have purchased their trucks if they had known these capabilities were lower than advertised at the time. Additionally, Ford instructed dealers to replace the incorrect labels but did not offer to provide repairs or refunds for any potential damage caused by owners that may have exceeded their truck’s stated capacities. In the recall, the automaker noted that doing so could “result in tire loading beyond rated capacity, suspension overload, and increased stopping distance, which could increase the risk of a crash.”

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Comments

  1. Ross

    Amazing!! American’s love to sue.
    Must be a nightmare trying to do business over there.

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    1. Stephen Ketterer

      Ford shouldn’t’ve misrepresented their capacities, plain and simple.

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  2. Richard

    Another class action lawsuit to enrich the sue happy attorneys. I hope the case gets thrown out.

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    1. Michael Fornetti

      I certainly agree.
      This law suit is pure BS

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      1. Stephen Ketterer

        Ford guy here.
        Do you honestly think the manufacturer should be allowed to put false information on the capacity label with no consequences? The buyer was basically given the green light to dangerously overload their vehicle.

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        1. Michael Fornetti

          It’s an error of a little over 300# or less than 10% over the rating which is probably a good 50% under what the truck is truly capable of for 99.9% of drivers.
          Calling that dangerously overloaded is a real stretch.
          The owner who hired the sleazy attorney is just looking for a handout.
          Hopefully Ford fights this

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          1. Stephen Ketterer

            I definitely see your side of it. There are a lot of hungry attorneys out there for sure. I think Ford should not pad their numbers to ensure the trucks aren’t over-rated in the future. They’re just asking for trouble.

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  3. Perry Anthony

    Reply to Stevrn, Its nice to see somebody posting here actually has a brain!

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  4. Scott

    You’re talking about 339 lbs. so to say that “no one would have bought it” is a little advantageous to say the least. Sounds like someone’s just trying to get free money, or he’s just mad that he doesn’t have the back up capacity to haul his gf 🤷🏼‍♂️🤷🏼‍♂️

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  5. Sirjamerson Hudgens

    I actually have this vehicle…. Most people… Again most people that buy this vehicle use it for hauling something…. This is the first I’ve heard of this and I will be looking into this same year zero miles…. SMH at Ford….I haul commercial loads …. Theses numbers mean everything

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  6. John Whistler

    I know for a fact thatthe 2020 f 350 with a 6.7 can do way more than that we put 26,000 # on a 8,000# gooseneck trailer , it didnt even squat and walked the dog . They aren’t nothing but a bunch of ambulance chasers.

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  7. jay

    If you bought an F350 with over 10,001 lbs of GVWR and are required to slap a DOT number on it for business and are subject to stopping in weight stations, this is a very important issue.

    Even though 300lbs may not make much of a difference to how a single truck operates on the road, spread across an entire fleet, the difference in maintenance costs between riding under weight for 150,000 miles and slightly overweight for that distance is certainly going to show up in the bottom line of your maintenance bills.. And the DOT police aren’t going to care that the equipment you use to conduct business is only a few hundred lbs overweight.

    F350 is Fords gateway to DOT compliant trucks. The weight ratings are what people rely on to choose between the F350, 450, and 550 to remain compliant with the DOT and the FMCSA. The weight ratings are as much a marketing tool as they are a safety indicator. Fleet managers and upfitting teams often carefully inventory the items likely to be on known-purpose trucks and they buy accordingly. They try to build in a margin of error. At the end of the day, whatever is on that sticker is what is going to show up on your ticket when you fail at the scale. So yes, 300 lbs is very important to anyone owning a fleet with DOT numbers slapped onto it. A violation against one of your trucks is a violation against your entire fleet’s DOT number. Enough of these violations and your business goes away.

    So Ford should be held to task for selling trucks with incorrect weight ratings. This will have fleet managers and purchasing decision makers wary of Ford’s labels moving forward.

    Should Ford owners assume it to be a one off? That they were caught the one and only time they made a mistake? Or should these people and companies wonder about all of their ford super duty weight ratings now?

    Just because some of Ford’s customers are not concerned with the few hundred lbs of rated difference doesnt mean that the customers who will be held to task over it don’t have legitimate reasons to feel that they now are invested in and operating the wrong chassis because of Ford’s actions.

    Most of the people here defending Ford probably don’t need to ever pull their trucks through weigh stations.

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    1. nomadusad

      You nailed it here. These things matter. I’m a full-time Rver and I haul my home. That isn’t easy and you constantly have to shed weight and keep necessities only. I went with a f450 because I pouncd on a rair deal to get a slightly used with only 16K miles and got lucky. But financing can be hard for the F450 so most get the 350. A trade off but the 350 actually has a higher payload than the 450 because the 450 weighs more. The difference isn’t a lot and this news pretty much removes that justification for the 350 over the 450 when hauling a 5th wheel.

      Many many buyers justify their choice of truck model with the numbers Ford gives them. And wrong numbers lead to oopsies on the highway.

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      1. Jeremiah Clark

        I love my 2020 F350! I own 2 F450 and they are awesome. I’ll stand on a witness stand and testify that after 60,000 miles and several loads that were not “legal”, the truck is indestructible! What a moron for suing Ford. He should feel ashamed. I’ll buy his Ford, and it’s worth more now than when he bought it. What an idiot!

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    2. Michael Fornetti

      So, just don’t put the new sticker on.
      Simple.
      You already have a sticker.
      There is safety factor in the numbers as stated in the article.
      look at the reserved safety factor for the axles stated in the article.
      I also just looked at my LTX tires on my F350 and see that the tires are rated for 2,910 each in dual configuration and 3,196 in single configuration so no problem there.
      These stickers are designed for the dumbest operator and the dumbest owner that exists in the world.

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  8. Peter

    Ford mislabeled the capacity’s and was wrong Not sure that the difference in capacity’s is law suit worthy but still wrong. Ford is just waiting to see what it is going to cost them. Even if Ford rebated or somehow compensated owner some knucklehead would have sued them. Now in an extreme case if someone was in an accident, and can show they were overloaded Ford has responsibility. Pretty sure very few cases would exist. Ford will wind up with a payout of some sort and some scumbag lawyer will make out better than any owner !

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  9. Ricky Thornhill

    300# give or take. I mean really. If 300# is going grossly effect it then it’s wrong anyway.

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  10. Rob

    Maybe they were doing him a favor and making where he could leave his 300lb gf home….. something has to be making this guy a miserable cromudgin

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  11. Bruce Holberg

    Interesting how most negative responses assume that Ford set out to be intentionally deceptive. Could have been an unwitting computational error. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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  12. Phil

    To the idiot so called engineers at Ford, go back to inventing, producing a truck that people really want instead of these aluminum cans that you would call trucks,
    Bring back the steel beds, bodies, vent windows and the option of getting a manual transmission and do away software updates

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  13. Craig Blansett

    No wonder vehicles are so expensive, any oversight can cost millions.

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  14. Kevin

    This is where I’m having a tough time with the lawsuit………….. The basic rule of thumb is that if what you’re towing, or loading onto your truck is close, like within 500lbs of the stated capacity, then it’s always wise to purchase a truck the next size up.

    With that being said, if the guy that brought the lawsuit was I’m assuming planning on loading his truck up close to what the stated payload capacity of an F350 in-fact is, then what he should’ve done to be on the safe side of things is to out of an abundance of caution, purchase an F450, or F450’s if it was a fleet, instead.

    Especially, if he was purchasing a fleet of trucks, where, other people’s safety would be at risk!

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  15. Seth Marshalek

    Are you taking into consideration the passenger weight, fuel weight and any other items that may add to the weight of the truck? Payload is variable, meaning that it changes based on the load. If you need more than 4200lbs of payload, it sounds like you had a terrible sales person, its not the trucks issue or its capabilities. These trucks are rated for what they are rated, by attempting to sue the manufacturing company you are admitting your ignorance in understanding appropriate towing and payload guidelines. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is admit that you are an idiot.

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  16. AJ Keys

    Does anyone know if this was all F350s or just those with a bunch of added options from the factory? All the plush options on a Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited add weight to the truck and reduce the capacity. Most of those aren’t being used commercially. Just a thought.

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  17. Pat

    It’s good somebody caught this. New tags for the owners and a process that would help assure this doesn’t happen again would be a good outcome. Hopefully the lawsuit results in just that, an outcome where everyone benefits.

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  18. Blather

    LOL! Oh my.

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  19. Bart Nunn

    Has any of the11729 people that bought these trucks have had problems or wrecked? The poundage is not but a few hundred pounds over this or that somebody just looking to get rich go Ford

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  20. Bart Nunn

    How many people have had a major wreck or damage their truck in a bad way? Sounds like somebody’s just wanting to Sue and get rich the numbers aren’t that big a deal. Go Ford

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  21. Paul

    As being a loyal Ford truck owner I can see where yes that’s sticker on the door has to be correct for the payload capacity. But think about this deep down how many people actually look at that sticker when they are hauling the loads they fill the truck up truck looks good away you go until you cross that scale when you have a DOT number on the side and or your payload capacity it’s your responsibility in the end to make sure that your truck is not overweight. So I can see where that is an issue but if you are doing something on a normal basis you should know that the truck you’re hauling with is able to meet the standards that you’re putting it through. I go back to the company that I work for they used to buy Fords now they buy Chevys I would take all my tools out of the Ford which sat level like it should and was within weight limits put the same tools in the Chevy and the back bumper was dragging on the ground and the body was riding on the axle rubber mounts. Ford build in more payload capacity on their trucks than the Chevy do. So in the end yes the sticker needs to be correct but in the end the person hauling the payload is 100% responsible.

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  22. Matt

    My 19 f-350 is the best Ford I’ve ever used for hauling, I don’t check the weight rating I know it will haul the sxxx out of it!
    300 lbs? Really! My blood runs Ford Blue dude don’t deserve a Ford, he should get a Chevy!

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  23. Kevin Groover

    Any company should be absolutely transparent on all products, specifically to protect from lawsuits, ford is wrong here, sue happy attorneys or not.

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  24. Tim Lang

    I bought this truck to carry my 4400# slide in
    Truck camper. So now I am 300# over limit and I can’t use my $84000 truck. For all you people who think this is a frivolous lawsuit.
    Try dealing with insurance companies who will not pay if you have a wreck because you are overweight. This is not my fault I was misled. I just want the problem solved.

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    1. Michael Fornetti

      Ford should just modify their internal safety factor for rating and tell owners that their truck is entirely capable of the load but with just less internal design safety factor.
      I think they owe that to you.
      I think they made a big mistake in the effort to clean up a mistake in internal design conservativism.
      Myself, If I had ordered that camper I would have ordered the 450 and have more stability on the road.
      Most of my race car friends pulling big trailers have the 450 or above.

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  25. SarcasticDave94

    Maybe it wasn’t the truck that was overloaded. Maybe it was the poor little sue-happy guy that’s overloaded.

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  26. Mikey Youngblood

    Well we all like to get what we pay for but if it were an airplane you got a better case. As stated these truck are a beast. Ford should give each case a 1000.00 cash or 1500.00 store credit and call it a day. All true truck owners have over loaded their trusty steeds at least once and some every day. I recall one load of marble I hauled 100 miles on an 2004 f -150. 2 pallets 0f marble for a buddy as to avoid 2 trips. The rubber bumpers on frame were hitting but made it to its destination. Was more concerned about the tires than the truck. I estimated the load in the 3500 range. Of course kept speed lower and lated back from other traffic. Yes these trucks today can do serious work. Especially the Ford super duty.

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  27. Carl

    Im sorry but I think this is ridiculous to say the leastim a old school hot shotter I have been running ford diesels since 93 with the old school turbo diesel days before power strokes were made and I cam tell you I have way over loaded my equipment a time or 2 like 20.000lbs loads on my 48ft gooseneck and let me tell you I have owned every model from 93 to 2021 and ill tell you my 2020 and 2021 out haul out stop and out handle any of the other trucks I have ever worked. So if you can’t stop your f350 with your 5th wheel travel trailer you are obviously not meant to be towing the dam thing and if you are a driver you know the limits of your truck stop bi÷ch!ng about a dam sticker.

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  28. STEPHEN MARIANI

    How much money do you think a law firm would be willing to spend to seek damages that their client suffered as a result of a crash, maybe with injuries, where the owner, driver, manufacturer, and dealer are named as culpable participants AND liable????

    This lawsuit is MUST be brought forward to name the ONLY liable participants in this apparent manufacturer’s costly misrepresentation.

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