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Defective Automobile

Headrests with Mercedes Symbol

Even protective features in vehicles may malfunction. This class action sues Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, Daimler AG, and Grammer AG for their headrests. The issue? The complaint claims that the headrests, designed to prevent whiplash, may spring forward on their own, causing injury or creating accidents.

Peeled Paint on the Hood of a Ford Explorer

Ford Motor Company has been hit by a number of class actions lately about allegedly false fuel economy ratings for some of its vehicles. This class action is not about that. The complaint alleges that Ford Explorers have defective aluminum hoods that prematurely corrode or experience bubbling and damage to the paint on them. 

2019 Cadillac ATS

The complaint for this class action alleges that General Motors, LLC (GM) puts defective transmissions in some of its vehicles. The complaint claims that GM knew the transmissions were defective as far back as 2014, but that it has no way to fix them and simply denies that the vehicles have problems.

2019 Ford F-150 Truck

The complaint for this class action is one of several filed recently that accuses the Ford Motor Company of fudging the figures it used in its fuel efficiency testing. The purpose, the complaint says, was to make it look as if Ford vehicles, including the Ranger and F-150, had greater fuel efficiency than they do.

Ford 2017 F-350 Truck

The complaint for this class action is a massive document of over 860 pages. It alleges that Ford knew it should not use Bosch’s CP4 fuel pump in its diesel vehicles, but did so anyway. What was wrong with the CP4? Because US diesel fuel differs from European, the fuel pump does not work as it’s intended and eventually causes engine damage.

2017 Tesla Model S 60

Are Teslas cutting-edge vehicles? What would a used Tesla be like? Tesla touts its “best warranty and service program in the world,” but the complaint for this class action alleges that some buyers of pre-owned Teslas can’t get warranty coverage for needed battery repairs or replacement.

2019 Toyota Corolla

When a modern vehicle is in a crash, the seatbelts lock in place and the air bags deploy. If these two things fail to happen, the vehicle’s passengers don’t have the full advantage of the seatbelts or any advantage from the air bags. The complaint for this class action alleges that that’s exactly what’s happening with vehicles from Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. due to defective airbag control units (ACUs) from ZF TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Wheels on some models of Chevrolet Corvettes are defective, claims the complaint for this class action. The wheels—that is, the rims—warp, bend, or crack, after which they have to be repaired or replaced. The complaint brings suit against General Motors, LLC, saying that the company knows about the problem but has not solved it or warned consumers about it. 

2019 Dodge Ram

We expect gas station stops to go fairly quickly—just enough time to fill the tank, on our way to somewhere else. But the complaint for this class action says that your stop might be a lot longer if you have a Dodge Ram, made by FCA US, LLC. It alleges that the fuel tank filler necks are too steeply angled, so that gas nozzles can get stuck in them, forcing motorists to summon help.

Ford 2019 F-150 Truck

One of the plaintiffs in this case, Darren Honeycutt, bought a 2018 Ford F-150 in January 2018 for just over $45,505. Three months later, in April 2018, he traded it in for $31,230, because of its poor fuel economy. Ford has already been accused of falsifying the fuel economy of its Ranger vehicles in more than one class action. The complaint for this class action alleges that Ford also falsified the fuel economy of its F-150 trucks.