Logan Co. man claims Ford Fiesta was a lemon

By Carol Ostrow | Jul 29, 2015

LOGAN — A Logan County man is suing Ford, alleging professional negligence in his automobile’s mechanical failure.

Larry Hensley filed a lawsuit in Logan Circuit Court against Ford Motor Company, alleging breach of warranty in the 2011 purchase of a 2012 Ford Fiesta manufactured by the defendant.

According to the filing, on Sept. 14, 2011, Hensley paid a Ford dealer in Charleston $17,300 for the vehicle and the purchase price included a three year/36,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty and an implied warranty of merchantability. The suit states the auto has been subject to multiple repairs for defects that remain uncorrected.

The lawsuit states the car has a defective transmission and engine, evidenced by noises, movements and vibrations. Hensley alleges he provided the manufacturer ample repair opportunities, that the defects have not been corrected, and that he could not have known of the problems prior to acceptance of the vehicle.

The complaint says Hensley provided Ford with written notice of his purchase’s condition. The plaintiff alleges breach of written warranty and implied warranty as per the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.

Hensley seeks judgment in his favor to compensate for diminution in his vehicle’s value, other relief as the court deems just, attorney fees and costs. He is represented by attorney Michael Bailey of Bailey & Howard in Barboursville. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Eric H. O'Briant.

Logan Circuit Court case number 15-C-194-O.

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