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 |  Mar 15 2012, 5:01 PM

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The Ford Motor Company had a lawsuit issued against it today for allegedly selling F-150 trucks and E class vans over a 10-year period with defective fuel tank linings.

According to Automotive News, Ford issued a secret technical service bulletin to dealers advising them of the issue back in 2007. Neither a recall nor an attempt to fix the problem was ever publicly announced or discussed by the company.

Now, a lawsuit has been filed against Ford by Coba Landscaping and Construction Inc and its principal Galo Coba for fraud, breach of warranty and unjust enrichment. The company is seeking compensatory, punitive and treble damages.

If this case picks up steam, expect countless others to jump onboard and file suits of their own. The secret technical service bulletin also said, “hundreds, if not thousands” of customers have experienced the defect.

The faulty lining inside the gas tank flakes off and eventually ends up clogging the fuel lines, causing sudden power loss, unintended bucking or kicking and possible engine stall.

[Source: Automotive News]