An Oklahoma man claims in a proposed class action case that certain Ford trucks bought or leased with lift kits—a modification with which trucks’ frames can be raised higher off the ground—and larger-than-stock tires come equipped with stock jacks and spare tires that are not compatible with, nor are safe to be used on, higher-framed vehicles.
The 17-page complaint notes the tires and rims that come on the lift-modified Ford trucks are larger in diameter than those on non-modified, or stock, vehicles. In addition to allegations that the tires’ jacks, essential for changing flat tires, are not compatible with these modified trucks, the case further claims the spare tires themselves that come with these vehicles are also stock, meaning they are smaller in diameter and cannot be swapped in for the “lifted,” larger tires in the event of a flat or blow out.
The plaintiff, citing a possible breach of implied warranties and violations of Oklahoma and Michigan (where Ford’s located) consumer protection laws, argues proposed class members overpaid for vehicles that came with non-functioning jacks and spare tires, despite Ford’s alleged representations otherwise.
The proposed class includes anyone on the United States who bought or leased a lifted truck from Ford within the relevant statute of limitations. The case also proposes to cover an Oklahoma-only class.