As Ford prepares to rollout its redesigned F-150 pickup truck with a new all-aluminum body, many owners of the Company’s iconic Mustang are discovering that the aluminum used in their hood panels is corroding – sometimes leaving owners holding the bag for the cost of repairs.
A federal lawsuit currently pending in New Jersey sheds light on the problem. In that case, two Mustang owners claimed that Ford’s use of aluminum hood panels on their vehicles led to extensive corrosion which caused the paint along the front edge of their hoods to bubble and peel. They claimed that Ford rushed to incorporate lightweight aluminum components on its vehicles (like the soon to be launched F-150 truck) to meet federal fuel efficiency requirements. According to documents obtained in discovery in that case, the design of the Mustang hood and manufacturing issues at the plant where the Mustang was produced coalesced to produce a condition known as “runaway corrosion.” The issue existed from 2005 to 2013.
What has Ford done to remedy the problem? Nothing. In fact, Ford denies that a problem even existed.
Ford issued Technical Service Bulletins to its dealers in 2004 and 2006 instructing body shops to “sand and paint” the affected areas, but studies have shown that sanding aluminum actually decreases the alloy’s natural resistance to corrosion, which may result in additional repairs and expense for consumers.
If you have had one of Ford’s sand and paint repairs or have had problems with corrosion on the hood of your Mustang, please contact attorney Lance Young of Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation Group at (248) 355-0300 to discuss your case.