Focus And Fiesta Owners Are Suing Ford For Faulty Transmissions

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Ford has been aware of the issue for years but has yet to offer a fix.

Ford is facing another lawsuit, as over 7,000 owners are suing the automaker for faulty PowerShift dual-clutch transmissions. According to Automotive News, Ford has been aware of the issue for several years but has yet to offer a fix. Owners of the 2012-16 Focus and 2011-16 Fiesta sedans have been claiming that the faulty PowerShift transmissions are prone to "shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation while changing gears, premature internal wear, delays in downshifting and, in some cases, sudden or delayed acceleration."

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The mass action lawsuit was filed by Stern Law PLLC on April 20 with the Wayne County Circuit Court. "Ford must be held accountable for design and manufacturing defects of the PowerShift transmission that has compromised the safety of the vehicles and cost owners significant loss in vehicle value, reliable transportation, and time," Ken Stern, founder and principal of Stern Law PLLC, said in a statement. Ford has issued more than 20 technical service bulletins to make owners aware of the issue, but has been unable to find a "consistently reliable repair." To help cover the problems, Ford extended the powertrain warranty in 2014 from five years/60,000 miles to seven years/100,000 miles.

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The lawsuit isn't seeking one large, single payment for damages – instead, each client's award would be customized based on the individual's damages. This isn't the first time Ford has been sued for transmissions-related issues. Back in 2012, three lawsuits were filed on behalf of owners claiming their vehicles were frequently breaking down. Ford also recently felt the wrath of angry Shelby GT350 owners claiming the muscle car isn't "track ready" as advertised.

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