When buying a car, it’s reasonable to expect the manufacturer to do the same. Cars are, afterall, one of our largest investments. So when it comes out that a manufacturer might have known about a corrosion issue during the assembly process, but failed to do anything about it and sold those vehicles anyway, it rightfully ticks consumers off.
That’s exactly the situation owners of 2000-2007 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicle owners find themselves in.
Reports of Ford Hood Corrosion on CarComplaints.com
Class Action Lawsuit for Ford’s Aluminum Hood Rust
A class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in New Jersey claims that Ford used aluminum hoods but failed to properly insulate them from “old iron-based connecting and supporting parts,” despite knowing that “would give rise to galvanic coupling” and corrision.
It goes on to say that the automaker went on to conceal this inevitable problem from buyers, drastically reducing the long-term value of their vehicles.
Ford not only denies this claim, but says the suit is so lacking in merit that it should be dismissed. Last fall, Judge Kevin McNulty granted only part of Ford’s request, dismissing one of three counts, allowing the case to continue.
How Much Did Ford Know About the Problem?
Ford can deny concealing the problem until the cows come home, but actions speak louder than words. In 2004 the manufacturer sent dealers a technical service bulletin (TSB) about bubbling and blistering under the paint on aluminum body panels due to “iron contamination of the aluminum panel”.
The TSB goes on to say that “testing has revealed that the aluminum corrosion was caused by iron particles working their way into the aluminum body part, prior to it being painted.”
Hey Ford, what was that about not knowing this was an issue?