Our firm recently filed an important nationwide class action case against Ford Motor Company in the Federal Court of the Eastern District of Michigan involving an alleged brake failure in the company’s most popular product, the Ford F-150.

The thrust of the case concerns purchased or leased vehicles for model years 2013-2018 for the Ford F-150 trucks (“class vehicles”), and the vehicles’ brake master cylinder, which contains piston cup seals within the master cylinder that roll within their grooves and become unseated, allowing brake fluid to escape from the master cylinder resulting in loss of brake fluid, leading to loss of hydraulic pressure on the brake system, and finally resulting in loss of brake function on the class vehicles.

These primarily affect front brake circuits, but front brake circuits are responsible for 75 percent of the vehicles’ braking force, thus the master cylinder defect results in an almost complete loss of stopping power on the F-150. A clear safety issue.


In February 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Office of Defects Investigation began a preliminary evaluation of reports of brake fluid leaking from the master cylinder in 2013-2014 Ford F-150 models with the 3.5-liter engines. In response, in May 2016 Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall known as 16S24 to address the loss of the front brake circuit function in a subset model year 2013-2014 for the Ford F-150, specifically those with the F-150 3.5 liter “EcoBoost Engine” that were built between Aug. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. In that safety recall, 16S24, Ford admitted the existence of the master cylinder defect.

Ford cited risks of a “compromised” primary cup seal and the corresponding loss of the brake fluid “into the brake booster.” However, the recall was grossly inadequate.

Not only did the 2016 recall fail to address all affected models from 2013- 2014 F-150s, neither did it address any model year 2015-2018, even though all model years 2013-2018 F-150 vehicles share the very same master cylinder as the recall vehicles. In addition, the recall provides an ineffective remedy even for vehicles it does address because it merely calls for the replacement of the master cylinder with a new master cylinder that is internally identical to the one that failed. In other words, the recall simply calls for the replacement of one defective part with another defective part.

Despite its awareness of the master cylinder defect, Ford continued to sell hundreds of thousands of F-150s and did so despite knowing that the dangerously unreliable master cylinders failed suddenly and unexpectedly, posing a safety hazard to Plaintiffs and other class members as well as others sharing the road with the class vehicles.

Join the class action lawsuit

Therefore, lawyers at Beasley Allen, alone and with their partners, have filed this class action lawsuit to remedy this problem. Clay Barnett in the firm’s Atlanta office, Chris Baldwin from our firm and Dee Miles, head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud section, filed this class action lawsuit along with Adam J. Levitt, John E. Tangren and Daniel Ferri from the Dicello, Levitt & Casey firm located in Chicago, Illinois, and our local counsel E. Powell Miller with the Miller Law Firm located in Rochester, Michigan.

Our firm has worked with these law firms before on other nationwide class actions and we are honored to be teaming up with them again for this important case. We will keep our readers posted on any new developments that occur with this very important consumer class action lawsuit.

We are looking at any claims involving 2013-2018 model year Ford F-150s involving brake failure or abnormal brake behavior. If you feel you have a claim, contact our firm at 800-898-2034 or fill out the contact form on this page, and we will be happy to evaluate your claim.

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