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Ford Super Duty ‘Death Wobble’ Lawsuit Partially Dismissed

A class-action lawsuit was filed back in 2019 alleging that 2005 and up Ford Super Duty models were subject to “death wobble,” or a violent shaking or wobbling that occurs while driving, generally at speeds above 50 miles-per-hour. The lawsuit alleges that the problem stems from defective suspension components, which can even lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle in some circumstances. Regardless, Car Complaints is now reporting that the Super Duty death wobble lawsuit has been partially dismissed.

The lawsuit – Lessin, et al., v. Ford Motor Company, et al – was partially dismissed by a judge because more than one plaintiff who had their truck repaired has not experienced this issue since the repairs were completed. Various other claims were also dismissed because they were filed by owners whose trucks were no longer under warranty when they were brought to the dealer for repairs.

However, the case will proceed, as well as a Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claim, as several plaintiffs found that their warranty claims and fraud-based claims were viable in some instances. The judge is currently unable to determine if a nationwide class action can be sustained at this time, however.

Ford filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit – which claims that the automaker violates two express warranties provided to owners – just a few months after it was filed on the grounds that no plaintiff was denied free repairs after experiencing the issue, nor did any plaintiff require multiple repairs to correct the problem.

Currently, the lawsuit is moving forward with one plaintiff from the original filing, as well as 13 new F-250 and F-350 owners located across 10 states. In total, there are 36 separate claims of death wobble associated with Ford’s Super Duty pickups.

We’ll have more on this and all other pending Ford lawsuits soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford lawsuit news, Ford F-Series news, Ford Super Duty news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Allen Mason

    If possible I would like to join in this lawsuit as my truck is currently experiencing the death wobble 2 weeks after Pollard Ford of Lubbock said it was fixed. We experienced it 3 times today on a trip home pulling our horses with our grandchildren in the truck with us. Nearly caused a terrible accident. We had to drive 50 miles an hour for the last 170 miles.

  2. Pete

    Any Truck you have to drive under 60 miles an hour should be considered a defective truck.
    My ford under 60 is ok, but where I live some speed limits are 80 miles an hour. Defect.
    Driving below the 60 mph speed limit is the only way to prevent DEATH WOBBLE.
    I’ve spent over 5k now fixing the front end on my 2011 superduty. What a Crime.

  3. Maggie

    My son has a 2011 super duty ford F450 with the Death WOBBLE problem also☹️

  4. Bwilks

    I have a 2015 F350 with the same issue. I was changing lanes on the freeway well under 50 mph, drove thru several ruts in the road and lost control of the steering. Fortunately no one was in the lane next to me.

  5. Campo

    I had a death wobble in my 2008 F 350. I spent around $1500 to fix it. The problem starts with the steering damper. When that fails other parts wear out more quickly.

  6. john

    I have experienced the ‘Death Wobble’ numerous times in the past month in my 2016 F350. Frightening, to say the least. I have contacted my local Ford dealer who said the repair is not free. In researching this issue, several sites say that Ford will fix the problem for free. Does anyone have any input on this. Thanks.

  7. Rodney Norvell

    My 2017 F350 was fixed by Ford three times. One fix lasted three days.
    The forth time they refused to repair it saying my parts were worn out not their problem. I have an extended warranty. Ford says it doesn’t cover those parts.
    I wasted $4,500. Ford wanted $2600 to fix death wobble.

  8. Barbara

    My Ford F350 gas engine was under warranty all 5 times that I had the death wobble. I live 280 miles from a dealership and had to rent a car each time to get home.
    I called Ford motor company and complained about them not fixing my truck. They changed brakes, rotors, and disks, they told me I was to hard on the brakes. I live in a town with three stop lights and more than 10 cars on the road we think parade.
    Third time they changed steering damper, I didn’t make it home before the wobble happened again.
    Fourth time they said they didn’t find anything wrong.
    Fifth time I was driving 80 mph on the phone with my brother when it happened and it was the worst of them all. I almost went off an overpass while my brother was screaming ” what the heck is wrong ” the noise was so loud he couldn’t hear me. I had no brakes, steering, and no control over my truck at 80 mph, which is our freeway speed limit.
    I love my truck, but I don’t take it on the freeway anymore. I am so fearful that I will crash and I only have twenty thousand miles on a 2017 F350.

  9. Joseph Micik

    I recently purchased a 2016 Super duty with 111000 roughly. I have had it for about 6 months. The first couple months all was good. The first time the wobble I was driving and drifted into oncoming traffic. Then happened to my wife twice. Then we were going to our grandsons dirt bike race about 100 miles away an it happened about a dozen times. Have looked at everything the best I can and see nothing that looks worn . What would be my next step to get this fixed?? And would Ford repair it free??? Thanks

  10. Dawn Gehl

    How do I join this lawsuit? My F250 has been “repaired” multiple times and still yet experiences the death wobble. Multiple times my children and I have almost been hit on the highway because of this. Email with information please and thank you.


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