Ford Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Unintended Acceleration

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Consumers in 14 states have filed a class-action lawsuit against Ford over unintended acceleration in cars built between 2002 and 2010. The suit, which was filed in a West Virginia U.S. District Court on March 28, alleges that Ford models built between 2002 and 2010 with electronic throttles can allow unintended acceleration. The vehicles in question, which include nearly three-dozen Ford, Lincoln and Mercury nameplates, lack a brake override system. Ford began installing the system in its U.S. cars in 2010.

Plaintiffs want compensation for lost resale value as well as brake-override retrofits, according to one of several law firms representing the plaintiffs. Ford began installing brake-override systems in certain European vehicles as early as 2005, the suit claimed via the Detroit News.

Unintended acceleration from electronic throttles raises a familiar storyline. From September 2009 through December 2010, Toyota recalled some 12 million cars over unintended acceleration, eventually spending well over $1 billion to settle lawsuits and pay civil fees associated with the recalls. The automaker's electronic throttles encountered heavy scrutiny, but a government panel later found that driver error, stuck gas pedals and bad floormats were to blame.

Ford wasted little time pointing that out.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's findings are "far more scientific and trustworthy than work done by personal injury lawyers and their paid experts," Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski told The Detroit Free Press. "In rare situations, vehicle factors, such as floormats or broken mechanical components, can interfere with proper throttle operation, and manufacturers have addressed these rare events in field service actions."

According to the lawsuit, the affected vehicles include:

  • 2005-07 Ford Five Hundred
  • 2005-09 Ford Crown Victoria
  • 2005-10 Ford Econoline
  • 2007-10 Ford Edge
  • 2009-10 Ford Escape
  • 2005-10 Ford Escape Hybrid
  • 2005-10 Ford Expedition
  • 2004-10 Ford Explorer
  • 2007-10 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • 2004-10 Ford F-Series
  • 2009-10 Ford Flex
  • 2008-10 Ford Focus
  • 2005-07 Ford Freestyle
  • 2006-10 Ford Fusion
  • 2005-10 Ford Mustang
  • 2008-10 Ford Taurus
  • 2008-09 Ford Taurus X
  • 2002-05 Ford Thunderbird
  • 2010 Ford Transit Connect
  • 2003-06 Lincoln LS
  • 2006-08 Lincoln Mark LT
  • 2009-10 Lincoln MKS
  • 2010 Lincoln MKT
  • 2007-10 Lincoln MKX
  • 2007-10 Lincoln MKZ
  • 2005-09 Lincoln Town Car
  • 2006 Lincoln Zephyr
  • 2002-05 Mercury Cougar
  • 2005-09 Mercury Grand Marquis
  • 2009-10 Mercury Mariner
  • 2005-10 Mercury Mariner Hybrid
  • 2006-10 Mercury Milan
  • 2005-07 Mercury Montego
  • 2004-10 Mercury Mountaineer
  • 2008-10 Mercury Sable

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By Kelsey Mays | April 1, 2013 | Comments (38)

Comments 

Jaret

I hope this is an April fools joke...

Chris Medico

How about this - buy a car with a manual transmission and simply push the clutch in if the car tries to run away.

Why are automatic transmissions even available to people without a qualifying medical condition?

SeeJaneBrowse

No, it's not an April Fools joke! And it wasn't a joke when my '06 Ford Freestyle accelerated on its own toward a young woman in a parking lot one afternoon in 2008. Because of Ford's incompetence, many lives could have been destroyed that day. They must be held accountable.

sandra jumba

I have a 2009 Explorer and having the same problem with the acceleration. The dealer has not been able to find the problem and left it as being me, not the truck. I would like to join in on the lawsuit. How??? Who do I contact??

carlos hernandez

where do you file

Ike G,

Good Deal! The whole Toyota thing was bogus and proved to be a ploy by the DOT and Ray LaHood to libel Toyota in order to sell more Government Motors cars.

Let's see if the Ford UA is also bogus or if some DOT official will proclaim, "We're not done with Ford yet!!!".

Bev T

I want to know where to sign up too! I have had my Freestyle at the Ford Garage 3 times... First they said it was my floor mats, I torn them out,then my accelerator, had that replaced to the tune of $900.00 Now they are trying to tell me my pedals are too close together!!!!Now they have told me just to drive it and when it happens again call them.. How do i get involved in this law suit?

Pauline. Dudley

My 2004 lincoln town car started speeding to 90 miles an hour yesterday.I try to break but the breaks were not working and the car kept speeding up, never been so scared in my life.Thank goodness was hurt but how about the next time it happens. Ford has to fix the problem.

Bob Ziel

I own an '06 Mercury Grand Marquis and I love the car except for unexpected accelerator surge when I applied the brakes. It's scary as hell where the 4.6 liter V-8 has surged up 3,500 RPMS when I depressed the brake pedal! I barely avoided a few serious accidents as I was braking. My local Ford Dealer, Woody Smith in Rexburg, Idaho, was very cooperative, but they could not find the problem. Also, a very knowledgable local A.S.E. certified mechanic could not diagnose the problem either. In desperation I called Ford Headquarters in Michigan and they were no help at all. The rep kept on saying to take it to the local dealer and I kept telling her (thick-headed as she was!) over and over that they could not find the problem! Finally, I had the gas pedal unit replaced (Ford part number 9W7Z 9F836 C) and that solved the problem. The part and labor cost around $280, expensive, but well worth the cost. -- Bob Ziel, Rigby, Idaho

one mad tech

you people are too busy texting and not paying attention to what you're doing. you push cheap floormats onto the gas pedal and step on half of the brake pedal which allows you to push the gas at the same time and even worse you are too old to drive and have no reflexes then have an accident then blame the car. i guess you want the government to mandate that the car drives itself so you wont be responsible for your own actions.

Bob Ziel

Dear "one mad tech,"

My parents taught me to be a gentleman and so I'll do the best I can to restrain myself from becoming overzealous regarding your ignorant and I might add, stupid comments.
The Mercury Grand Marquis has a hook in the carpet and an eyelet in the throw rug on the driver’s side of the car. It's IMPOSSIBLE for the throw rug to move forward under the gas pedal even if the driver intentionally tried to push it forward.
Also, you should be aware, if you don't already know, that the gas pedal shaft goes up into the firewall well above the foot pedal and NOT through the floor board. So answer this question: How can the carpet, a throw rug or even a rubber mat become entangled with the gas or brake pedals?? A driver would have to be mighty manipulative with his right foot in order to get the factory throw rug or a floor mat entangled with the accelerator. It's virtually impossible and as a "tech" you ought to know better.
I'm sick and tired of Ford's cheesy excuse that throw rugs and floor mats are to blame when that's NOT the case.
Regarding your cheap shot at seniors that we "step on half the brake pedal which allows you to push the gas at the same time" is sheer nonsense! I wear a size 11 wide (4E) shoe and there is plenty of clearance between the right side of the brake pedal and the left side of the gas pedal. Even if I were to bend my right foot at a 30 or even a 45 degree angle, it would be very difficult to touch both pedals at once so that blows that ridiculous argument out of the water.
The bottom line is that Ford has a design flaw involving electronics. Some of their vehicles do surge when the brake pedal is depressed or as they say "by wire" with the accelerator control. Admit it, one mad tech, the problem isn't just with seniors. Many young people drive Mercurys and other Ford products and they, too, have the exact same problem.
How about also explaining that one to us?

Bob Ziel, Rigby, Idaho

P.S. Keep in mind, "mad tech" that you will also become a senior citizen some day so learn to curb your damn condescending attitude. Show some respect for those of us who have been there and done that with life's experiences.

Brady Y

Right on Bob Ziel! I am behind you 100% I am 24 with a pregnant wife and a child and yesterday my entire family was almost lost as our 2002 Ford Escape began speeding out of control on a very busy 3 lane hi-way. My first reaction was to compress the brake and try to dislodge the pedal to no prevail. With cars in front of me and to the sides of with the brakes fully compressed, we sped closer and closer to a seemingly inevitable accident. With the brakes failing increasingly by the second and the distinct smell of burning brake pads and my wife and 4 year old child beginning to desperately panic, I began honking the horn to inform the drivers around me there was a problem. I was able to catch a clearing and merge to the left lane, turn on my hazards, turn the ignition off and begin coasting in the shoulder. Because the vehicle accelerated to over 85 miles per hour and because the brakes were so worn from keeping the car from accelerating exponentially I had difficulty slowing down even after turning the ignition off and as I was faced with a concrete barrier blocking off the shoulder due to construction I was forced to turn the car back on and merge back into the mass of speeding vehicles. Thank heaven there was an exit thereafter where we able to emit ourselves from the potentially catastrophic danger we and everyone around us was in. On September 29th, 2013 the lives of my Family and several others unassumingly driving amongst us nearly lost their lives due to Ford's lack of engineering foresight. How many lives must be lost before Ford accepts responsibility and acts upon their mistake?

Brady Y

After investigation of the cause of this incident, I found that the cable for the cruise control had become stuck inside the plastic sheathing causing the throttle to be stuck in the full open position. Also due to fact that I was forced to change gears while the engine rapidly roared the retaining clip for the shift linkage had come off causing the shifter cable to become disconnected. I removed the cruise control cable from the throttle and resecured the shift linkage. The thing that really enrages me is the fact that this all happened AFTER the Escape had been serviced serviced and "fixed" the previous year following the recall for this exact issue. Even if Ford "fixes" this issue again how can I confidently allow my family to ride in this car again? I wouldn't feel comfortable selling this vehicle to another human being either knowing that I am potentially putting their life in danger as well! I believe Ford must be required to act on behalf of all the families put in these life changing events especially the one of the 17 year old who did lose their life in January of 2012 because of Ford's engineering failure!

Brady Y

Right on Bob Ziel! I am behind you 100% I am 24 with a pregnant wife and a child and yesterday my entire family was almost lost as our 2002 Ford Escape began speeding out of control on a very busy 3 lane hi-way. My first reaction was to compress the brake and try to dislodge the pedal to no prevail. With cars in front of me and to the sides of with the brakes fully compressed, we sped closer and closer to a seemingly inevitable accident. With the brakes failing increasingly by the second and the distinct smell of burning brake pads and my wife and 4 year old child beginning to desperately panic, I began honking the horn to inform the drivers around me there was a problem. I was able to catch a clearing and merge to the left lane, turn on my hazards, turn the ignition off and begin coasting in the shoulder. Because the vehicle accelerated to over 85 miles per hour and because the brakes were so worn from keeping the car from accelerating exponentially I had difficulty slowing down even after turning the ignition off and as I was faced with a concrete barrier blocking off the shoulder due to construction I was forced to turn the car back on and merge back into the mass of speeding vehicles. Thank heaven there was an exit thereafter where we able to emit ourselves from the potentially catastrophic danger we and everyone around us was in. On September 29th, 2013 the lives of my Family and several others unassumingly driving amongst us nearly lost their lives due to Ford's lack of engineering foresight. How many lives must be lost before Ford accepts responsibility and acts upon their mistake?

Bob Ziel

Brady Y,

You have my sympathies and I am so glad that you reacted quickly to avoid a disaster in saving you and your family. From what you posted, that was one hell of an experience!

Personally, I like Ford and overall they offer really good quality products, however, and this is the big “however,” their designers and engineers are only human and as such, they occasionally make mistakes with design flaws. When that happens, they should have the decency to own up to it and to quit coming up with lame excuses by blaming us, their customers. I was very polite to their customer rep in Michigan and as posted previously, she could only say that I should return to my local dealer for the fix when they initially could not repair my Mercury. Also, I politely asked her to put me in touch with their techs and she refused to do so. In my book, that’s lousy public relations!

On the other hand, I have plenty of praise for my local dealer, Woody Smith in Rexburg. Their service department was genuinely interested in the problem with my Grand Marquis and eventually after I spent several hundred dollars, it was solved, but with NO THANKS to Ford Headquarters.

Corporate America, including Ford Motor Company, loves profits and that’s just fine with me since I’m a political conservative and a capitalist at heart. But one has to ask: What price is there in saving lives and avoiding serious injuries caused by design flaws?? It’s time that Ford own up to serious acceleration problems with their various vehicles. If lives are saved and injuries are avoided, then it’s well worth the expenditure to fix problems which crop up.

Uncle Sam just loves to regulate so this is one time where the feds would be justified in re-investigating the accelerator surge problem.

Bob Ziel, Rigby

Brenda Payne

Was driving our 2010 Mercury Mountaineer today and we went to park to go into our local drug store. When we went to park the car acclerated to a dangerous level. We jumped the side walk and broke the window out of the side of the store! If my dad hadn't thought quickly and put the car into park we would have went through the store We could have been killed or someone in the store! I want in on this lawsuit! I have whiplash! I am angry! I am still making payments on this car and I have had it for 15 months! Ford I am a very very dissatisfied customer! I will make sure everyone within ear shot of me never buys any of your cars again!

michele

short but sweet, 2008 Ford Mustang, leaving work I put the car into reverse let my foot off of the break and the car went out of control backwards across a parking lot hitting cars, i could not stop it hitting the other cars is what stopped it, multiple damaged vehicles. this is not a joke people, thank God noone was killed it could have been fatal. this needs immediate attention. tired of these major companys hiding behind the bull. Fill your responsibilitys to the consumers we paid for your product and it failed almost at the cost of someones life on my end and i am sure there are fatalitys that have come from this.

Robin

Had similar situation with my 2006 Mercury Montego. The acceleration problem has occurred on three different occasions. Car also jolted forward and backwards almost daily, which was very scary in parking lots, etc. After the 1st acceleration problem, I was able to stop the car, shut it off then restart - it was ok that time. The 2nd time my daughter was with me & I knew immediately that it was "doing that thing" again, except this time, we were not able to stop the car. We managed to get out of traffic and turn into a drive, still the vehicle would not stop. I then turned the ignition off & after I restarted it, it revved right back up again. Finally after about three tries (and my husband came to our rescue) he got the car running ok & drove it home without any problem. The third time my husband was with me & he was driving on a very busy highway. A vehicle merged onto the highway but when they did not accelerate to flow with the speed of traffic (and semi's were coming behind us) my husband quickly accelerated to pass the merging vehicle on the left then after we passed I could tell the car started making a weird noise & I knew (once again) that it was "doing the take-off" again, only this time it sounded really weird and high-pitched, but then sounded like something was missing. It then started to smell very hot like it was on fire or something. My husband managed to get back over into the right lane, put caution lights on, but the car would not stop. We were preparing for a crash, but then he put it into neutral (he said he did this so the steering column wouldn't lock up) then when he turned off the ignition, the car made a horrible "CLUNK" noise. We both knew that this time something seriously went bad & my car was probably ruined. Somehow we managed to drive it back into town (from 20 min away), coasting part-way, but it was half running but not right at all. We pulled just inside of town & into the dealer where we purchased the car & it has sat there ever since. (That was September 1, 2013 and today is November 10th. NO, THE PROBLEM IS NOT FLOOR MATS, OR DRIVER ERROR, OR ANY OF THE OTHER EXCUSES PEOPLE ARE GIVING - IT'S SIMPLY A MECHANICAL FAILURE WITH THE THROTTLE BODY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I too, am still making payments on my car and we have found that the dealer "can't" or won't do anything & that Ford won't do anything. Yes, this is very frustrating not to mention expensive. The other part that is frustrating & angers me is that after this happened the first time, the dealer acted like they never heard of this problem before. When it happened the second time I asked a different person at the dealership & once again got the same answer - they acted like they never heard of this (and the fact that I'm a woman I'm sure didn't help - know I'm not crazy). After that 2nd episode I started researching online & found some service bulletin (not technically a "recall") and went back to the Ford garage with this paper in hand. Very weird because this time, they immediately said they could get me in right away for my "recall work" ????? I must have looked like a deer in the headlights because I tried to tell them this the 1st two times. They did the "recall" work (as they called it) which was cleaning the throttle body & re-calibrating the computer. After that my car felt like "normal" & I was so happy to have my car back & not have that constant stress of worrying if I'm going to bump into someone or something, or worse, if it's going to take off accelerating again. Well, that repair was done in May and I had three months of enjoying my car, until that third time it happened on September 1st. I think I was more concerned about my husband getting out alongside the highway to check the car, because of the volume and speed of traffic - thank the Lord neither of us or anyone else was hurt or killed that day, but I don't ever want to go through that again. This has been an ongoing nightmare that I just want to end. Either we spend out several thousand for a new or used engine or the dealer will give us $2,000 for the car the way it is. What a joke - sad when the car was in excellent shape & worth around $6,000. We don't even want to drive it or have anyone else drive it because a new engine may not even fix the other issue here. Looks like we're going to have to borrow money to pay the car off and sell it to the scrapyard who said they will give us $3,000 ($1,000 more than the dealer). Sickening & frustrating...... Can anyone help us and all these other people out???

Kerry E

My 2003 Ford Escape has had three acceleration events.

In 2007 the throttle cable for the cruise became stuck on the interstate with my daughter in the car with me. I was only able to stop the car with two feet on the brake using the emergency brake with it because there was a rest area right ahead of us. The car was towed to a Ford dealership where they disconnected the cruise control cable. My cable was never reconnected and the dealership did not replace my cruise control. I reported it to the NTSB and tried to contact Ford, as the dealership was not interested.

In 2010 the acceleration became stuck just after pulling out of a parking lot. I was able to stop it with both brakes. I was told it had to do with the oxygen sensor.

Three weeks ago immediately when starting the car it stuck again. 3500 RMPs in park and rising. The car was towed to a dealership and the computer was "reprogrammed" for $150 and I had to pay for the towing. Not on any recall. I was encouraged to buy a new Escape because my car is 11 years old (80k miles). They were not interested at all in the issue and offered me up to $1500 for my car - pending inspection.

Where is the lawsuit? I have done everything I can do to talk to Ford, the dealership, the NTSB and I have a car I cannot drive. Yet my particular model (a sport model with the rack and bigger tires) that I bought new only has one recall listed on it that only covers "modifying the engine cover". How is this possible? How many people have to go through this? How many people have died?

Michelle

My Ford freestyle 2007 has been having transmission issues since we bought it brand new. It has been in the service department several times. Now right at 100,00 I am being told I need a new transmission repairs cost they are saying is 6300. No shop has wanted to touch my car. The said the Cvc transmission is nothing but issues. I am lost I don't know what to do.

Tina

Mine just broke while driving. I am just glad nobody got hurt. Found out about this as we were looking for the part. Called Ford, it isn't on the recall list. I have a 2005 Ford Focus.

Ford Escape Owner

The classic answer that doesn't fly.

When I called Madera Ford and told them my 3 month old 2001 Ford Escape had an acceleration issue while on a trip through LA and that on that same trip we also experienced an unexpected electrical power outage issues. Their answer was...." 'Hold please, ...we just looked up your issue, and it is not in the NHTS database" and if we don't see a problem with it. You must not be experiencing a problem." (Tim Cook, Madera Ford, CA)
I could not believe the level of lack of intelligence at Ford!
This is how Ford asks their dealers to 'handle' the customer.

Jenna Beckner

I currently have an 2007 ford fusion. over the past 4 months it has been a death trap waiting to happen. I drove through my walmart parking lot one night to have my car completely shut off inside but still coast along so alarmed I put it in park and got out trying to check everything outside. it was still running and my outside lights worked but were really dim. upon getting back in to try driving it home I could not get it out of park and in gear to go so I had to shut it off and leave it. I had it towed to a shop the next morning to be told my alternator needed to be replaced so I had it done. its a nice car I’ve put quite a bit of work into it to only have it a little under 2 years but at this point I still like it so its worth it. I picked it up from the shop and within 2 miles all my dashboard sensors light up and everything inside cuts off once again. it constantly does it when the vehicle is on whether driving or in park. and when my dashboard is seeming to have a seizure when my car is moving I feel like it is losing power. Its done this ever since and ive had almost everything possible checked to show up with no issues they can find. my dash board frequently says check brake system now and I fear that it is going to switch everything inside off one day when im driving and I really will end up with a brake system problem or failure. please let me know of how to fix this issue or what the hell I do now?!?!

Lijadelp - Patrick

I had the same problem with my 2007 Ford Focus. One day while driving to work, my accelerator began took on a mind of its own. Without me pressing on the gas petal, there was a continual fast increase of speed. While still driving, I put the vehicle in neutral and the rpms kept increasing. I put it back in drive and the speed kept increasing very fast. It was only when I turned the ignition off that I was able to have the rpms and speed come down. Apparently when I turned the car off, it reset the computer and I have not had a problem since. If it had been my wife driving the car, I would have been a different story.

CARL M TEASLEY

I BOUGHT MY 1997 FORD THUNDERBIRD NEW, IN NOVEMBER, 1996.
I HAVE HAD A PROBLEM WITH
IT SURGING, WHEN I STOP AT A RED LIGHT. I TOOK IT TO THE DEALER (CHATSWORTH FORD) TWICE. THEY COULD NOT GET THE
CAR TO SURGE.
IT STILL SURGES WHEN STOPPED AT A REDLIGHT, BUT
I NEVER KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING
TO DO IT. THIS IS AFTER (17)
YEARS. I HAVE TO PUT THE CAR
IN NEUTRAL, AND REV THE ENGINE, AND IT WILL SLOW DOWN
TO NORMAL.
I HAVE HAD MANY VERY CLOSE
CALLS, AND HAVE TO BE READY
TO PUT THE CAR IN NEUTRAL, WHEN IT HAPPENS.
I COULD NOT GET IT REPAIRED
BY THE DEALER, BECAUSE THEY
COULD NEVER GET IT TO DO IT,
BECAUSE THERE IS NO WARNING
BEFORE IT HAPPENS.
I AM NEVER AT EASE, WHEN DRIVING, AND AM VERY FED UP
WITH THIS PROBLEM, AFTER (17)
YEARS.
SINCERELY,

CARL M TEASLEY
PO BOX 3755
DALTON, GA.30719

Diana H.

Had a 2010 Escape and had sudden acceleration twice. I am lucky to be alive and my friend, Ray. This happened in December 2013 and I turned it in immediately. Then I asked to be reimbursed $750 for repairs to the left front bumper but everyone was deaf. My next car will not be one made in the U.S.

Gene Murphy

Our 2005 Ford Expedition is experiencing the same uncontrollable acceleration as well. Last evening my wife was driving on a busy highway with my three young boys in the back, when the suv started accelerating, she was calm enough to shift into neutral and stop the vehicle on the roadside. I had the vehicle towed to out local Ford dealership and theservice writer acted shocked to hear such a thing happen to an 05 Expedition. Such BS.

Alan cook

My mother just totalled her 2010 Taurus as a result of it taking off. this is the third incident for this car. The insurance companies need to refuse to insure these death traps so that all the manufactureres will admit there is a problem and fix it. They can't sell what cannot be insured. That is the only way to get to them. The government also needs to wake up and get on all manufacturers to fix this issue. If this was anyone but the automakers the head of the company would be charged with criminal negligence. Keep hammering at them.

matt

My 98 sable did that but not loke crazy just a split second of accel. I have a 2010 no such problem.

Frank

All these idiots complaining. Sure there may be a problem but why don't you stick it into neutral when this happens? You have complete control over the car!!!!!!!!!
I had a floor mat slide over the accelerator in a Mazda 6 and had it take off thru a parking lot. Why did I do???? I stuck it in NEUTRAL and bought the car to a stop then investigated to see why the problem was!!!! GEEZ PEOPLE THESE DAYS

Valerie Hall

My Mercury 2003 Gr. Marquis just did it for the 4th time. I was going to take it to Ford dealer tomorrow, I looked at cars today, I think I should JUNK IT. Its now done it 4 times over about 4 years.
Scared my kids twice, first time they were screaming as we drove through field !

Larry T.

While I was in the military, I never had the opportunity, to really enjoy my 2009 Ford Thunderbird,that look so new. Even the whole car engine, was still fresh smelling, also, the leather seats were brand new too.And the Brand symbol spoilers on it, with the trademark of the tire rims. It was nice . When you put that baby in drive(D), it started running like a dream, without even putting my feet on the gas pedal.All eyes were on me when I drove by.But,That's when it started happening. 1.the throttle start engaging, at high speeds.(where I almost killed a pedestrian, and hit another car.The wheels are spinning so fast, it was actually smoking, with pieces of concrete, flying. Thank God was a parking lot, where I could pull into, to throw the shifting gear, into park.and pull out the parking brake, to hurry up and jump out of the car. Thinking that it might explode on me, when I turn the key off. It even scared the security guard in some of the people, who saw the whole thing. 2.The engine locked up on me and will not turn off, until I turn the key, to the off position, thinking that it might explode again. It was my only transportation, to get to my military Trading Post, and to get to work, at a hospital also. Remember now, all during this time, I still took out the time, to call the Ford dealerships, the Ford headquarters, and I even had a Complaint Account number, whenever I call back, to the Ford Headquarters. They still never contact me, still to this day. At times I was scared to drive the Ford Thunderbird, but I knew, I still and I had to take my time, driving it. 3. I couldn't believe, that one day,at night, the whole entire Radiator top(that was made of a plastic material),had blown out on me, while I was driving. Now that was the day, I thought the Ford Thunderbird have "Blown Up".that scared the life out of me, because it was so load & powerful, when it did explode, it popped open the latch, to the hood. All I saw was radiator fluid all over the place. So I called AAA, and AAA said, I might as well, spend the night, in the car, because in a few hours, an Auto Store, was going to be opening up, To help, so I can get my radiator parts their, because it was too much to tow it to my address, then transported back, to a repair shop.Thank God, I was able to tow it to a radiator store, not far away, that's when he put / Welded a hold metal top, to the radiator. it cost me well over $200.to get it done at a cheap price. But they specialize in radiators anyway. 4. The next incredible problem with the 2009 Ford Thunderbird, was the engine. Some kind of way, the Pistons, the Oil flow, started coming out on top of the engine, That's when I had to,get a mechanic to rebuild the engine, and to Reset each Oil gap,and Piston and other oil flows, IN the Engine. I paid well over $3000 to get that taken care of. Because, the engine was still look brand new. I just knew that was it. "BUT NOOO", 5. The the Cadillac converter, start having problems, so I had to get a brand new one. 6. Then the worst thing, happened to the Ford Thunderbird, "the Bolt" that connects to the engine, that connected to all the belts, because it only had an 8 strength "Bolt Strength holding in the engine. It took 3 times,to fix it, due to the strength of the brand new engine. It was like driving a Racing car, powered up to just take off. But, after I put the bolt in there, it broke again. I Spent over $2000 doing this.Thank God, the mechanic, felt sorry for me, knowing that I had only a few funds, to take care of one car, to get to work for my military Army training Center, the next day. In between that time, yes I had to rent a car, just to get some places, or Rush to take the bus to get to the U.S.Army Reserves Center. And still call the Ford Corporation, to get an updates on my car. So my Army coworkers would ask me, " What happened to your Thunderbird man".that's when, I had to get rid of my Ford Thunderbird. The money I spent, And the confidence of a look, like a brand new car. And it had only one the one car owner, who was a Car Salesman, I knew I would be able to get my usage, out of it. But I was wrong. it was the worst car, I have ever had, but it just look so good.
Sgt. Larry T.

Larry T.

While I was in the military, I never had the opportunity, to really enjoy my 2009 Ford Thunderbird,that look so new. Even the whole car engine, was still fresh smelling, also, the leather seats were brand new too.And the Brand symbol spoilers on it, with the trademark of the tire rims. It was nice . When you put that baby in drive(D), it started running like a dream, without even putting my feet on the gas pedal.All eyes were on me when I drove by.But,That's when it started happening. 1.the throttle start engaging, at high speeds.(where I almost killed a pedestrian, and hit another car.The wheels are spinning so fast, it was actually smoking, with pieces of concrete, flying. Thank God was a parking lot, where I could pull into, to throw the shifting gear, into park.and pull out the parking brake, to hurry up and jump out of the car. Thinking that it might explode on me, when I turn the key off. It even scared the security guard in some of the people, who saw the whole thing. 2.The engine locked up on me and will not turn off, until I turn the key, to the off position, thinking that it might explode again. It was my only transportation, to get to my military Trading Post, and to get to work, at a hospital also. Remember now, all during this time, I still took out the time, to call the Ford dealerships, the Ford headquarters, and I even had a Complaint Account number, whenever I call back, to the Ford Headquarters. They still never contact me, still to this day. At times I was scared to drive the Ford Thunderbird, but I knew, I still and I had to take my time, driving it. 3. I couldn't believe, that one day,at night, the whole entire Radiator top(that was made of a plastic material),had blown out on me, while I was driving. Now that was the day, I thought the Ford Thunderbird have "Blown Up".that scared the life out of me, because it was so load & powerful, when it did explode, it popped open the latch, to the hood. All I saw was radiator fluid all over the place. So I called AAA, and AAA said, I might as well, spend the night, in the car, because in a few hours, an Auto Store, was going to be opening up, To help, so I can get my radiator parts their, because it was too much to tow it to my address, then transported back, to a repair shop.Thank God, I was able to tow it to a radiator store, not far away, that's when he put / Welded a hold metal top, to the radiator. it cost me well over $200.to get it done at a cheap price. But they specialize in radiators anyway. 4. The next incredible problem with the 2009 Ford Thunderbird, was the engine. Some kind of way, the Pistons, the Oil flow, started coming out on top of the engine, That's when I had to,get a mechanic to rebuild the engine, and to Reset each Oil gap,and Piston and other oil flows, IN the Engine. I paid well over $3000 to get that taken care of. Because, the engine was still look brand new. I just knew that was it. "BUT NOOO", 5. The the Cadillac converter, start having problems, so I had to get a brand new one. 6. Then the worst thing, happened to the Ford Thunderbird, "the Bolt" that connects to the engine, that connected to all the belts, because it only had an 8 strength "Bolt Strength holding in the engine. It took 3 times,to fix it, due to the strength of the brand new engine. It was like driving a Racing car, powered up to just take off. But, after I put the bolt in there, it broke again. I Spent over $2000 doing this.Thank God, the mechanic, felt sorry for me, knowing that I had only a few funds, to take care of one car, to get to work for my military Army training Center, the next day. In between that time, yes I had to rent a car, just to get some places, or Rush to take the bus to get to the U.S.Army Reserves Center. And still call the Ford Corporation, to get an updates on my car. So my Army coworkers would ask me, " What happened to your Thunderbird man".that's when, I had to get rid of my Ford Thunderbird. The money I spent, And the confidence of a look, like a brand new car. And it had only one the one car owner, who was a Car Salesman, I knew I would be able to get my usage, out of it. But I was wrong. it was the worst car, I have ever had, but it just look so good.
Sgt. Larry T.

Dianne Bond

I just had an incident yesterday with my 2006 Lincoln Towncar accelerating while I was driving. Had foot on brake pushing with all my might trying to stop car. The car would not stop and there were cars immediarely in front of me stopped at a red light. I had to run red light and immediately turn to a little street on the left at full speed, almost turning over!! I immediately threw car into park to stop it and then turned the ignition off. I was on the way to work and had to call in. Finally made it back home. Called Joe Myers dealership and told them what happened and asked if there had been a recall. Gave them my VIN# and they said there were no recalls on my car. Asked for Lincoln Headquarters number and called headquarters and reported incident. I have a claim number. I am extremely upset because they said no recalls on these vehicles. I want in on this lawsuit and I will be contacting an attorney! I also intend to post some of these comments on my facebook page!! They will not get away with this!! I have a legal background and they have messed with the wrong one!!! My name is Dianne Bond and my contact number is (832) 233-9942 if anyone would like to contact me!

Darcy S

We experienced sudden unexpected acceleration with a 2005 Mazda 6 THAT WE JUST BOUGHT from a private party :( We were driving it home when it happened. I've been researching this for 2 days and can't find where there is a definitive fix. Has anyone had this happen and actually had the vehicle repaired correctly? We don't know what to do because we're terrified to drive the car we just bought and can't very well sell it to someone else! We're having it towed to our mechanic tomorrow and want to have as much information as possible when we go because it doesn't appear that anyone knows how to fix this. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Juanita

We have a 2004 Ford Sport Trac truck. On July 7, we stopped at McDonald's. Our truck surges forward, and my husband had to force it into park to stop it. We could have killed someone if he'she had been walking out of the restaurant. The Ford mechanics around here all said that they could not find anything wrong with our truck.

Esther

Just had my 2004 Ford Escape totaled due to surging. I was pulling into a parking space at my apartment complex and when I gently gassed it to get my right tire over the illogically placed speed bump, the next thing I knew I was speeding past the parked car next to me, up over the cement stop guard, through the bushes and down 3 feet to the lower parking area, where I crashed into the front corner of a parked car. Thank goodness my air bags didn't deploy or I could have had a faceful of hurt.

Despite the suggestion of the nice fellow above, I didn't have time to react and throw it into neutral while braking as I was already 1/4 into the parking space when it took off.

When my car went over the embankment, it went over a medium sized decorative rock and tore up my undercarriage front to back. Oil was leaking everywhere. I wasn't hurt except for some aches and pains for a few days, but it scared the beeswax out of me. While several people came running to make sure I was okay, the humiliating part was that some of the other people pulled their cellphones out and started taking pictures. I'm sure there are a few "crazy women driver" websites where my Ford is posted butt end on the wall and front end in another car.

josh

I just had the same problem with my 02 mountaineer. It started to spin out and when I hit the brake it took off. We were thrown to the ditch where the vehicle rolled. My fiancee was thrown from the vehicle and suffered fractured ribs and abdominal bruising. This was on a dirt road not a half mile from my house, so I doubt excessive speed (30 mph) was the reason. I am 29 years old so the senior citizen excuse don't apply. And I had to walk home to get my phone to call 911 so so much for the texting.

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