Ford loses appeal on engine part class action suit


(Repeats to replace headline) SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 (Reuters) - A legal claim against Ford Motor Co. over allegedly defective engine parts can proceed as a class action lawsuit, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. The suit focuses on plastic parts in some past Ford cars called "plastic intake manifolds" that send air to cylinders to help power the engine. The plaintiffs said Ford knew the parts could crack as early as 1995; their use was discontinued in 2002. Ford challenged ...

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