Ford Motor Company faces a class action lawsuit. The suit claims Ford Focus of the model year 2012-2016, as well as Ford Fiesta of the model year, 2011-2016 come with faulty PowerShift transmissions. As a matter of fact, this problem has been ongoing for a long period of time.
In fact, taking innovative steps is risky for automakers. This initiative may result in both success and failure. However, sometimes their efforts may fail and lead to great losses for automakers. The example is Ford Motor Company. It was in 2011 and 2012 when the carmaker developed Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta models. These vehicles contained Powershift dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission.
The suit alleges Ford of failing to disclose essential information concerning the PowerShift transmission. That’s to say, the PowerShift transmission has serious manufacturing defects. As a result, drivers may experience unsafe conditions. Thus, the defect may lead to loss of forward propulsion, delayed acceleration, etc.
What was the problem?
Referring to the problem of the affected vehicles, it’s worth noting that a dual-clutch transmission usually comes with two clutches. The function of each clutch is controlling a concrete set of gears. However, in case of Ford’s PowerShift transmission, one of the clutches is operating the even numbered gears. The other one is operating the odd numbered gears. This means that two clutches are sharing the same transmission shaft. This may result in sad consequences, like sudden or delayed acceleration, etc.
Almost 7000 Toyota Focus and Toyota Fiesta vehicles are included in the class action lawsuit. The problem is that dual-clutch transmissions have defects. As a consequence, transmissions may shudder, buck, jerk buck, etc.
The complaint states, the automaker issued a technical service bulletin on January 1, 2011. So, it mentioned Ford Fiesta vehicles’ PowerShift transmission may experience hesitation, surge, loss of power, also the lack of throttle response when driving the vehicle. It’s essential to note the automaker issues over 20 technical service bulletins concerning 2012-2016 Toyota Focus and 2011-2016 Toyota Fiesta vehicles. However, it is also true that Ford hasn’t succeeded in finding a ‘’consistently reliable repair.’’
It was in 2014 when the carmaker extended its powertrain warranty. In other words, Ford made it from five years (60,000 miles) to seven years (100000 miles). The goal of this step was helping cover the problems.
Regarding each client’s award, those lawyers who represent the class note it will be customized taking into account the client’s damages.