Ford C-Max Hybrid Lawsuit: C-Max Sold by Hyundai! Not Ford!

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McCuneWright LLP has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Richard Pitkin, a C-Max Hybrid owner, against Ford for it’s claim that the C-Max got 47 mpg on the EPA test.  Lines 18 and 19 on page 14 of the Ford C-Max/Fusion Hybrid lawsuit states that ‘The members of the Class, all of whom purchased the subject vehicles manufactured and sold by HYUNDAI are “consumers”.’  This should have read FORD, not HYUNDAI!  That seems like pretty sloppy legal work by McCuneWright LLP, the law firm.  The same law firm is handling the class action suit against Hyundai.  I have to wonder if the law firm is just trying to get publicity and an out-of-court settlement by Ford with the filing of their claim, “McCuneWright Files MPG Fraudulent Advertising Class Action Suit Against Ford Motor Company”.

It’s hard to believe that the C-Max owner, Richard Pitkin, who bought a C-Max Hybrid October 30th, 2012 at Folsom Lake Ford in California and started the class-action suit against Ford (lawsuit here) even read the lawsuit.

Can Ford counter sue for damages caused by a potentially frivolous suit?

Just in case the law firm changes the text, here’s the original lawsuit as posted on the firm’s website December 27th, 2012.

Justin Berkowitz of Car and Driver pointed out the same incorrect statements in the lawsuit on December 31st, 2012.  It isn’t clear whether C-MaxChat’s publication of this blog four days earlier brought it to his attention.  He didn’t respond to my tweet on Twitter.

This blog was first published on December 27th, 2012.  It was updated on January 14th, 2013 with the last paragraph.


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8 thoughts on “Ford C-Max Hybrid Lawsuit: C-Max Sold by Hyundai! Not Ford!

    • Just in case the firm learns how to use a word processor, I download the the lawsuit text to the website and have posted a link to it.

  1. I bought a C-Max two weeks ago. I am so dissapointed with the car and because I live in Illinois, apparently I’m out of luck. The car is mine and in order for me to get rid of it, I’ll have to trade it in. That means more then likely I will be upside down on this trashy car. I wish I would have just got with my gut and gotten the Prius. I will NEVER again buy a Ford and won’t ever send anyone to a Ford dealer. They were also less the helpful. I feel like I was taken advantage of.

  2. I thought my C-MAX would be a Prius Killer? As a cross over buyer I feel deceived. I want to support US companies and US jobs. What was Ford thinking when they published 47/ 47 estimates? I would have been ok with low 40’s but low 28-33 is not even in the ballpark. Mark my words there will be no fix for this. Ford should offer to take the cars back or offer cash compensation to offset the mileage claims. The EPA estimates will have to be adjusted to the mid 30’s and sell the cars as is. My dealer’s sales and service department were ok at the beginning of the complaint process, but now have turned hostile and un-professional.

    Ronald Kramer
    Yankee Ford Customer
    South Portland, Maine

    • Ronald, I’ve noticed three different law firms now soliciting C-Max owners to join a lawsuit. You’re getting plenty of lawyers interested in the issue. I have a question. What is the typical number of miles you drive in each trip? If this isn’t easy to answer, just ignore my question.

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