From the Authoritative Blue Oval News
31 April 2005
Dearborn, Michigan. Ford lost an appeal to keep at least 100,000 from suing Ford over intake manifolds used on 1996-2001 Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Cars and Grand Marquis models. In addition, the intakes were used on 2002 Ford Explorers and 1998-2001 Ford Mustangs. The plastic intake manifolds are prone to cracking, which results in the loss of engine coolant.
The lawsuit seeks more than $100 million in damages.
18 June 2005
Dearborn, Michigan. Ford has agreed to settle lawsuits filed against it due to cracking intake manifolds on certain 1996-2001 4.6L engines. The engines are found in: Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car, Mustang, Cougar and Thunderbird models. The settlement could impact over 2 million vehicles and cost Ford up to $375 million USD.
The intake manifolds Ford used were plastic and were notorious for cracking, thus causing coolant leaks.
The terms of the settlement include:
• Ford will reimburse customers with receipts for the intake
Ford lost an appeal earlier in the year to have the case dismissed.
|(Your name and address)
Judge Claudia Wilken
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Courtroom 2, 4th Floor
1301 Clay Street
Oakland, California 94612
Re: Chamberlan and Fok v. Ford Motor Company, No. CV-03-02628-CW
I have mailed a copy of this letter to both counsel in this matter, at the addresses indicated below.
I own a (year) Ford (model), VIN # __________________.
(Your text, continued...)
Very truly yours,
Michael Ram, Esq. (Counsel for Plaintiffs Chamberlan & Fok)
Levy, Ram and Olson, Attorneys at Law
639 Front Street
San Francisco, California 94111
Brian C. Anderson, Esq. (Counsel for Defendant Ford)
O'Melveny and Myers, Attorneys at Law
1625 Eye Street
Washington, District of Columbia 20006