Ford Truck Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Hidden Fuel Tank Problems

A New Jersey man has filed a lawsuit seeking class action status against Ford Motor Company, alleging that the automaker knowingly sold F-series and E-series trucks with bad fuel tank linings. 

The Ford class action lawsuit was filed by Galo Coba and his company, Cob Landscaping and Construction Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The lawsuit seeks to represent anyone who purchased any of 10 models of the E- and F-series Ford trucks made between 1999 and 2008.

According to the Ford truck lawsuit, the vehicles were equipped with a defective fuel tank lining that may degrade and flake off inside the fuel tank. The decaying lining would clog the fuel system, resulting in sudden losses of engine power, which could cause the trucks to become hard to control and could potentially cause them to stall, raising the risk of an auto accident.

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The complaint alleges that Ford knew about the fuel tank problems, but failed to alert consumers or issue a recall. Ford dealers were advised of the potential defect in a secret technical service bulletin sent out by Ford in 2007, the lawsuit claims. However, the company never made any offer to make free repairs for the defective fuel tanks, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses Ford of fraud, breach of warranty and other charges, seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

If the complaint is certified as a Ford truck class action, it could ultimately inclue hundreds of thousands plaintiffs. The F-series pickup truck is the best-selling truck in the U.S.

The class action suit comes as federal investigators look into claims of sudden unintended acceleration by Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable owners. According to reports to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles have accelerated out of control with no warning.

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7 Comments

  • WilliamDecember 15, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    My 2004 F550 is in a shop and has been for about 4 mouths. It has a delamination in the 40 gallon tank and the fuel system is a mess. The material is in all the lines and has even got into the other tank. I need someone to talk to about this. I am a 100 % disabled vet from Iraq and i need my truck back.

  • JeffMarch 22, 2017 at 12:27 am

    I'm having the same problem with my F350 diesel truck. I'm interested in the class action lawsuit. Who do I contact? Thanks!

  • annJuly 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Lawyer's i am a small business owner in md in 1999 i open a small business i purchase a 1999 ford f450 the first year truck was running great and the the problem s started to happen the injectors went bad ford authorized dealership was telling all of us bad fuel this was not the problem the problem was the fuel was eating the fuel tanks causing it to rust and the rest coming up [Show More]Lawyer's i am a small business owner in md in 1999 i open a small business i purchase a 1999 ford f450 the first year truck was running great and the the problem s started to happen the injectors went bad ford authorized dealership was telling all of us bad fuel this was not the problem the problem was the fuel was eating the fuel tanks causing it to rust and the rest coming up into the injectors causing major problems I have receipts of thousands of dollars that I have spent at Ford dealerships replacing fuel tank injectors fuel pumps all out of my pocket I need your help small business owner it's spent so much money and Ford was at fault please someone needs to assist me so I'm able to prevent this and the documentation that I have on my vehicle to help the class action lawsuitt Thank you for all your help

  • Joe TMay 29, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Both my tanks in my 97 F350 are delaminating. The rear tank went first. Had it replaced for a few thousand. I still have the tank and you can clearly see the lining is coming off. I also have a fuel filter which is completely clogged with the lining material. How is this not a recall? There are so many people affected by this I would, and I am sure many others would be interested in a class action[Show More]Both my tanks in my 97 F350 are delaminating. The rear tank went first. Had it replaced for a few thousand. I still have the tank and you can clearly see the lining is coming off. I also have a fuel filter which is completely clogged with the lining material. How is this not a recall? There are so many people affected by this I would, and I am sure many others would be interested in a class action suit.

  • verondaJune 19, 2013 at 4:46 am

    On 4 different occasions my 2006 fx4 f150 has stalled without warning.. Once during a snow storm left my husband stranded on the highway and unable to get his payroll check from his boss resulting in no money no food no gas no bills paid ins fees at banks ECT. To myself 4 times late for work because it stalled left me on the side if the road resulting in 4 vacation days lost i didn't get to use my[Show More]On 4 different occasions my 2006 fx4 f150 has stalled without warning.. Once during a snow storm left my husband stranded on the highway and unable to get his payroll check from his boss resulting in no money no food no gas no bills paid ins fees at banks ECT. To myself 4 times late for work because it stalled left me on the side if the road resulting in 4 vacation days lost i didn't get to use my vacation for vacation. My husband son were left abandoned on the the side of the road .uts like it runs out of gas without warning,and the fuel seems to surge up and down when your cruising down the highway.

  • JDC MasonryMarch 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    This happened to me. Drain the tank, pull it down, send it to be cleaned and put it back in with new finters. Ford has once again proved why they didn't need a bailout, they don't pay for their mistakes, we do! We are their bailout!

  • JimFebruary 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I'm really at a loss for words. You see this could not have happened at a worse time. I am a seasonal worker and solely rely my truck. My season is just getting ready to start. I own a 2007 reg. cab dually 4x4 flat bed Ford F-550. It has 124,662 miles on it and at the time of the incident (Jan. 3rd 2013) it had 124,335 miles. In fact the season has already started. This cost me at the very [Show More]I'm really at a loss for words. You see this could not have happened at a worse time. I am a seasonal worker and solely rely my truck. My season is just getting ready to start. I own a 2007 reg. cab dually 4x4 flat bed Ford F-550. It has 124,662 miles on it and at the time of the incident (Jan. 3rd 2013) it had 124,335 miles. In fact the season has already started. This cost me at the very least $3,000 a week. And with the truck not running well at all it is simply impossible for me to fix the problem. I just do not have the money to cover the cost of this. It's causing extreme heartache on my family and i. It's threatening to put me out of business. The problem with my truck is something happening everywhere. The call it Ford fuel tank delamination. Depending on the severity of it, it can run from $2,000 to $6,000 to fix it, which i cannot afford at this time. I am losing a massive amount money. Not sure if you can help but thank you anyway for your time. And if you can help me, then thank you very much.

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