Ford Escape SUV had problems with sync screen and clunking noises when turning, lawsuit says

By Nicholas Malfitano | Nov 14, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – Two Pennsylvanians claim the Ford Motor Company Escape compact sport utility vehicle they purchased contained a number of mechanical defects in a newly-filed lawsuit.

Timothy Pendergast and Beth Ann Pendergast of Mechanicsburg filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Nov. 6 versus Ford Motor Company c/o CT Corporation System, of Harrisburg.

On May 31, 2017, the Pendergasts bought a new 2017 Ford Escape from Fred Beans Ford in Mechanicsburg, manufactured and warranted by the defendant, and both purchased and registered in Pennsylvania. The price of the vehicle was in excess of $26,722.24, 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 suit says.

The plaintiff was provided a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty to cover the vehicle. During the first 12 months and/or 12,000 miles of the warranty period, the plaintiff claims several unsuccessful repair attempts made by the defendant “substantially impaired” the vehicle and rendered it worthless, in attempting to remedy problems such as the sync screen going blank and a clunking sound from the rear when turning.

For alleged violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Uniform Commercial Code and Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), the plaintiff is seeking damages in an amount three times the purchase price of the subject vehicle, plus all collateral charges and attorney’s fees, with a total judgment not in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff is represented by Robert A. Rapkin of Kimmel & Silverman, in Ambler.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 171100180

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