Ford’s 2017-2019 model year F-150 pickups are at the center of a proposed class action that alleges the vehicles come equipped with a defectively designed 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission that can “shift harshly and erratically,” causing an affected truck to “jerk, lunge, and hesitate between gears.”
Filed in Illinois district court, the lawsuit, which includes a number of consumer complaints submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over the issue, argues the apparent F-150 transmission defect is a potentially life-threatening safety issue in that an affected vehicle can slip gears, jerk, hesitate or surge unexpectedly. Ford, the case claims, has “refused to recall or replace” the supposedly defective transmissions, and has reportedly stated that the “abrupt and harsh” shifting is normal.
Ford, the lawsuit argues, knew or should have known that affected F-150 pickups suffered from a transmission defect and are not fit for their intended purpose. Had consumers known of the alleged defect at the time of sale or lease, as well as the cost of repairs related to the flaw, they would not have purchased or would have paid less for affected vehicles, the case says.
The case looks to cover a class of consumers in Illinois who formerly or currently own or lease a 2017-2019 model year Ford F-150 with a 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission.