MIAMI, FL, July 2, 2021—A federal judge has appointed Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen co-founder Stuart Grossman and partner Rachel Furst as co-class counsel alongside Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP in a class action lawsuit against Ford for the allegedly faulty make of the Shelby GT350 Mustang. Together, the firms represent consumers who opted to purchase or lease the Base or Technology package model. The lawsuit seeks monetary damages and injunctive relief for Ford’s misleading advertising and overstated promises that, buyers found, greatly misrepresented the capabilities of the vehicle.
Federal Judge Federico A. Moreno issued an order certifying nine state classes alleging statutory fraud, common law fraud, implied warranty and/or Magnuson-Moss claims:
- New York
Anyone who owns or leased a 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang Base or Technology package model in one of these states may be entitled to compensation.
What Allegations Does Ford Face?
Though Ford advertised its Shelby GT350 Mustang vehicles as “track-ready,” in truth, the Base and Technology package models came without the coolers necessary to allow owners to participate in a track day. After driving at sustained speeds for as little as 15 minutes, owners of these vehicles found their car would go into “Limp Mode,” which cut the speed and power mid-drive and without warning to prevent overheating.
Our lawsuit alleges this disparity between marketing and performance constitutes fraud and defective design by Ford. As Judge Moreno said, “Through product placement in James Bond movies and racing partnerships with figures like Carroll Shelby, Ford has spent half a century cultivating an aura of performance and adventure. But these Plaintiffs allege […] that their cars are more like Pintos than Mustangs” on the racetrack.”
We filed this lawsuit regarding the defective performance of a Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang filed in Florida in 2017. The Court’s recent order certifying the classes allows this case to procede to trial.
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