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Old 12-22-2005, 07:01   #1 (permalink)
Grover C. McCoury III
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Ford, plaintiffs finalize manifold suit settlement

Sedan owners who had to replace part will receive $735; others get extended
warranty

December 17, 2005
DETROIT(AP) -- Ford Motor Co. has finalized a settlement that requires the
automaker to pay at least $735 each to sedan owners who had to replace an
intake manifold, attorneys for the plaintiffs said Friday.

Ford also is extending warranty coverage on the plastic part to seven years
to cover vehicle owners who haven't replaced the manifold. The class-action
lawsuit covered a total of 1.8 million vehicle owners, according to Morrow
Cater, a spokeswoman for the plaintiffs.

An intake manifold is a pipe that supplies a mixture of fuel and air to the
engine's cylinders. Vehicles included in the settlement are the Ford Crown
Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car from the 1996-2001
model years; the Mercury Cougar, Ford Thunderbird and Ford Mustang from
1997; some Mustangs from the 1998-2001 model years; and some Ford Explorers
from the 2002 model year.

Plaintiffs claimed the intake manifolds are prone to premature cracking,
which could lead to coolant leakage and expensive damage to the engine.

"Until this settlement, those who owned or leased these cars had to bear the
brunt of the manufacturer's mistake," Mike Ram, one of the plaintiffs
attorneys, said in a statement.

Ford spokeswoman Kathleen Vokes confirmed the settlement was reached. Vokes
said Ford doesn't know how much the settlement will cost since it's unclear
how many people will seek reimbursement.

"Although we believe the class action was without merit, we are pleased that
we were able to negotiate a settlement that will provide additional value to
our customers," Vokes said.

Owners who replaced their intake manifolds within the first seven years of
ownership can take the vehicles to a dealer and obtain reimbursement whether
or not they have a receipt. The vehicle must be brought to a dealer by March
16.

Ford shares were up 13 cents to close at $8.30 on the New York Stock
Exchange.

Ford intake manifold class action site,
http://www.fordmanifoldsettlement.com

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