Plaintiffs sue Ford Motor Company for leasing them allegedly flawed four-wheel drive vehicle

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 25, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – Ford Motor Company is the subject of litigation from a pair of plaintiffs who allege a defective automobile they leased is a cause of action for the supposed violation of both federal and state laws.

Lisa J. Weidman and Donna L. Weidman of Easton filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on July 20 versus Ford Motor Company c/o CT Corporation System, of Harrisburg.

According to the lawsuit, on January 20, 2016, the Weidmans leased a brand-new 2016 Ford Escape manufactured and warranted by the defendant, and both purchased and registered in Pennsylvania. The lease price of the vehicle was in excess of $29,701.56, including registration charges, document fees, sales tax, finance and bank charges, but excluding other collateral charges not specified yet defined by the Lemon Law.

The parties’ bargain includes an express three-year/36,000-mile warranty and other guarantees, but the plaintiff claims ineffective repair attempts made by the defendant “substantially impaired” the vehicle and rendered it worthless. During the initial warranty period, the plaintiffs complained about defects and/or non-conformities to the following vehicle components: The hill assist, four-wheel drive, the illumination of the traction control and check engine lights, and an inoperative radio.

For alleged violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), the plaintiffs are seeking damages in an amount equal to the purchase price of the subject vehicle, plus all incidental, consequential and treble damages, collateral charges, attorney’s fees and court costs, with a total judgment not in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiffs are represented by Robert A. Rapkin of Kimmel & Silverman, in Ambler.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170702049

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