Found On Road Dead...Or In This Case, Running
In spite of the high cost to customers, and the frequency of the problem, and despite Ford actually acknowledging that it's a problem, Ford is not issuing a recall on the grounds that it's not a safety issue, to which I respond with a hearty "bullshit." Not only can one make the argument that being unable to turn on the car in any number of situations can be considered a safety issue, more importantly to me is the seriousness of the defect. This isn't like my power lock system which broke years ago rendering every lock button and my keyless entry system useless, nor is it like my CD unit that malfunctioned long before it should have. See, those things can be considered luxury items: things that, as nice as they are and as used to them as I've become, do not stop me from using the primary function of my car, which is getting from A to B.
For any device that employs an on/off state, if the mechanism for moving between those states is not working, then the device is completely and utterly useless. This is true for everything from cars to blenders; how ridiculous would it sound if Kitchenaid refused to address
a problem with one of their blenders constantly breaking and not turning on claiming that it's "not a safety issue?" To me it's simple: if the ignition lock is poorly made and constantly breaking, then I can't turn my car on; if I can't turn my car on then it's completely worthless to me as a car. Ford, you greedy bastards, address this problem and attempt to make good with your customers.
Of course, knowing that they probably won't, I'm eager to join a class action lawsuit that I found.
One thing I should mention about my car troubles, and I can admit that this is pretty funny: the first two times the part broke I wasn't able to turn the key and start my car. This time however, the lock jammed when my key was already in the on position, and as a result I couldn't turn my car off. I had to pull up the hood and disconnect the engine from the spark plugs one cylinder at a time until it died, and let me say that high voltage jolts from the spark plugs aren't fun, even when you're wearing gloves.