Ford Lug Nut Defect
Own a Ford? Have you had to replace your vehicle's lug nuts due to warping or swelling?
A defect is causing lug nuts on certain Ford cars to expand, forcing owners to pay for costly replacements and to pay for towing when a flat tire cannot be removed. You may be entitled to reimbursement.
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- Ford Fusion, Ford Fiesta, Ford F-150
- Other models may also be affected
According to the firm's investigation, a defect in lug nut design on Ford cars and trucks is causing consumers to pay for replacements when their vehicle's lug nuts expand and deform. The defect renders the lug nuts useless and unable to fit into a lug nut wrench. As a result, owners cannot change their tires, a crucial problem during an emergency or flat tire. Drivers also report that when getting their Ford serviced, mechanics often cannot remove the tires due to the swollen lug nuts. This leaves consumers to pay for replacement lug nuts due to Ford's defect.
Our legal team has tested the affected lug nuts first-hand, showing that after expanding, the swollen Ford lug nuts do not fit a standard lug nut wrench, leading to a costly repair and a potentially dangerous situation for Ford owners.
Ford's defective lug nuts have been reported on various models including the Ford Fiesta, Ford F150 and Ford Fusion, and we believe other Ford models may be affected.
The basis of this defect is the materials Ford chose to use in making its lug nuts. Ford's lug nuts are comprised of a steel core with an aluminum skin. Due to the fact that these metals heat and cool at two distinctly different temperatures, changes in the temperature of the lug nut cause delamination and warping of the aluminum skin. Over even short periods of ownership, Ford owners have reported the lug nuts on their vehicles have warped, expanded and have become too swollen to fit in a lug nut wrench.
YOUR CONSUMER RIGHTS
Hagens Berman believes that consumers have the right to replacement costs of lug nuts that contain a defect leading, and to reimbursement for towing and repair costs associated with the inability to remove the defective lug nuts. We think that consumers shouldn't have to suffer for Ford's errors in choosing materials that at best cost consumers more in repairs, and at worst lead to an emergency situation, rendering them stranded with no way to remove a faulty tire.
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