Auto/Economy
1:51 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Ford sued over defective fuel tanks in F and E series trucks

Ford Motor Company is being sued by a construction and landscaping company in New Jersey for selling trucks with defective gas tanks. Reuters reports the suit seeks class-action status for other vehicle owners.

More from Reuters:

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in a New Jersey federal court said fuel tank linings on 10 E- and F-series truck models made between 1999 and 2008 would "separate and flake off."

It said this would clog fuel systems with debris and rust, causing a sudden loss of engine power, and potentially causing vehicles to buck or kick or suddenly stall.

Ford in 2007 issued a "secret" technical service bulletin to dealers advising them of the problem, but neither recalled the affected trucks nor offered to repair them for free, the complaint said.

"Hundreds, if not thousands," of drivers have experienced the defect, it added.

A Ford spokeswoman did respond to the suit. She said the company had not seen the complaint yet.