As Ford Authority reported last August, The Blue Oval was ordered to pay $1.7 billion in punitive damages as a direct result of a lawsuit filed by the children of two people killed when their 2002 Ford Super Duty pickup rolled over. That lawsuit alleged that models built between 1999 and 2016 had weak roofs that could crush occupants in the event of a rollover accident, a claim that the automaker has not only denied as these trucks met federal safety standards at the time, but also filed an appeal over following the court’s decision and later asked for a new trial. Regardless, a number of other roof crush Ford Super Duty lawsuits have been filed since then in the U.S. and Canada, though one of them was recently dismissed, while three of them were consolidated into one this past April. Now, yet another Ford Super Duty roof strength lawsuit has been filed in Georgia, according to Car Complaints.
This new lawsuit – James Edward (Dusty) Brogdon, Jr., v. Ford Motor Company – was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, with the plaintiff represented by the law firms Butler Prather LLP, and Page Scrantom Sprouse Tucker & Ford, P.C. It addresses the deaths of a Georgia-based couple back in 2022 that occurred when their 2015 Ford Super Duty pickup rolled over on its roof, killing both of them.
The couple – Herman and Debra Mills – were driving their F-250 when it left the roadway, struck a culvert, and rolled over before coming to a stop on the shoulder of the road. In photos provided by lawyers, the roof of the pickup completely collapsed as a result of the accident.
As is the case with previously-issued lawsuits pertaining to this matter, this filing alleges that the cause of the couples’ death can be directly attributed to their truck’s weak roof, which is a problem it claims Ford was aware of for many years, yet didn’t take action to correct. To date, the automaker hasn’t warned owners that this is a potential safety issue, nor has it issued a recall to rectify the problem.