CHARLOTTE — Fifty drivers have contacted Action 9′s Jason Stoogenke about what many call the Ford “death wobble.”
Despite the name, Stoogenke doesn’t know of anyone who died from the issue, but dozens of drivers tell him they’re worried someone could get hurt.
Steve Oberstar owns a 2018 Ford F-350. He told Stoogenke that he was driving with his 8-year-old son one day when he experienced the wobble.
“We were going 65 mph and hit an expansion joint on a bridge, and that’s when it happened. I thought I blew my tire, you know.”
Andy Smith has a 2010 F-250. He told Stoogenke he was driving on the freeway when “the steering wheel just started just vibrating like the front wheels were going to fall off of the truck. It was extremely scary. Obviously, there’s other vehicles on the road.”
Both Smith and Oberstar said no one was hurt and that they took their trucks to the dealer, but they still have the so-called “death wobble.”
“I’ve had enough. I spent $60,000 on this pickup to begin with. Come on,” Oberstar said. “Big corporations like Ford. I mean the little guy like me, we got nothing.”
He said he filed complaints with federal and state agencies.
“I’d like Ford to recognize that they have a problem with their trucks that needs to be fixed,” Smith said.
Other drivers didn’t just share their stories with Action 9, they sent in videos.
To date, there has not been a recall involving the vibration issue, so many of the people who contacted Channel 9 feel the class action lawsuit Stoogenke’s been reporting on may be their best chance for some recourse.
Stoogenke discovered that the lawsuit is still in the early stages. Plaintiffs have until next Monday to file an amended complaint, and then Ford will have more time to respond.
A representative with Ford told Stoogenke that the company doesn’t typically comment on pending litigation but advised “customers to contact their dealer if they have a concern or contact the Ford Customer Relationship Center at 1-800-392-3673.”
Stoogeneke suggests that if your truck has the so-called “death wobble” to take it to the dealer if for no other reason than to document the problem. If you incur any expenses because of the vibration such as repairs, save the receipts in case there’s a way to get reimbursed.
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