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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