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Thousands Join Class Action Lawsuit Against Ford Over PowerShift Transmission

A mass action lawsuit has been filed under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act against Ford Motor Co., claiming a defective PowerShift transmission in 2012-15 Ford Focus models and 2011-15 Ford Fiesta models. There are more than 4,000 past or current owners who have joined the lawsuit.

Some Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta owners have reported consistent jerking and shuddering while driving these vehicles, and many have experienced delayed acceleration and deceleration. In some instances, drivers reported unintended acceleration when stopped at traffic lights, and other times the cars would roll backwards on an incline, according to Stern Law, a law firm.

“A friend had a Ford Fiesta, and when he started experiencing problems with the transmission and the dealership was unable to come up with a solution, we looked in to it and found that thousands of people across the country were experiencing the same issues,” said Ken Stern, founder and principal of Stern Law. “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.”

Ford has issued more than 20 technical service bulletins (TSB) on these models to alert dealership service technicians about the mechanical issues. The most common course of dealer action has been to re-flash the transmission control module (TCM) and replace clutches, but the transmission problems persist, according to the law firm.

“Many customers have taken their vehicles to dealerships for repairs and spent hundreds of dollars, but the vehicles continued shudder. Often customers were told that the problems weren’t real, but were part of normal operation. Feeling their cars were unsafe and unreliable, some customers ultimately sold them at a loss,” Stern said.

According to Kelley Blue Book, the resale value of Ford Focus and Ford Fiestas with the PowerShift transmission is $3,000 to $4,000 less than Focus and Fiesta models without it.

In 2014, Ford extended the powertrain warranty on the vehicles from five years and 60,000 miles to seven years and 100,000 miles to cover the clutch shudder on cars built before June of 2013.

For more information, visit FordTransmissionProblems.com.

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