A new class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of Ford vehicles equipped with the MyFord Touch infotainment system, alleging that vehicles equipped with the systems are plagued with serious defects. News of the filing comes on the same day Ford has admitted its hybrid Fusion and C-Max models do not live up to their bold fuel economy claims.
The gripes surrounding the MyFord Touch system have been well documented since its arrival in 2010, with many owners taking to the Internet complaining that the system often fails to perform the features advertised.
The suit was brought by the Center for Defensive Driving, a nonprofit educator in Torrance, California. The Center for Defensive Driving claims that it had leased a 2013 Ford F-150 Lariat and suffered from numerous issues including a system lockup and total system failure, periodic non-responsiveness to devices such as MP3 players, and periodic non-responsiveness to voice commands. According to the suit, the F-150′s MyFord Touch unit had failed or locked up no fewer than 27 times between February 22, 2013 and July 1, 2013. The law firm Grant & Eisenhofer is co-counsel to the plaintiffs.
“The MyFord Touch problems in Ford vehicles are legion and now well-documented,” said Adam Levitt, a Grant & Eisenhofer director and head of the firm’s Consumer Practice group. “Had consumers known about the numerous and widespread issues with the system in Ford’s cars, they would not have purchased or leased these vehicles. We intend to see that they are properly compensated for defective systems, and will call on Ford take affirmative steps to see that customers’ expectations are met.”
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