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Ford sued for unintended acceleration of some of its vehicles

Suit says more than 30 models affected by defect

Built Ford tough? Not according to a recent lawsuit.

Last week, 20 Ford Motor Co. customers filed suit against the automaker, claiming that the company has been selling defective vehicles for a decade. The suit says that more than 30 Ford model vehicles built between 2002 and 2010 equipped with electronic throttle control systems did not have the proper reliable safety measures in place, including a brake override system. As a result, plaintiffs claim, the vehicles had a higher risk of unintended acceleration.

The Ford models included in the suit include the F-Series pickup trucks (2004-2010), the Lincoln Town Car (2005-2009) and the Mercury Cougar (2002-2005).

The plaintiffs’ lawyer told Thomson Reuters his clients want to be compensated for their losses. "Had they and the other class members been aware of these defects, they either wouldn't have bought the cars or would have paid a lot less for them," Adam Levitt, a partner at Grant & Eisenhofer, said.

Unintended acceleration became a major issue for automaker Toyota in 2009 when several of its vehicles experienced the problem, leading to multiple accidents and deaths. The company has been embroiled in litigation ever since.

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