New Ford Focus Transmission Claim Filed

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Consumers continue to complain about Ford Focus transmission problem.  A California paper reports a new filing.

Consumer seeks rescission of Ford vehicle’s sales contract, alleges transmission has defects.   A Fresno County consumer alleges the Ford Focus she purchased has defects in the transmission.   Carolyn Garcia filed a complaint on June 13 in the Fresno County Superior Court against Ford Motor Co. and Does 1-10 alleging that they violated Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.    According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 11, 2013, she purchased a brand new 2013 Ford Focus. Since then, she alleges the vehicle has suffered from serious defects and nonconformities to the warranties, including the repeated failure of the transmission system.

Owners of the Ford Focus may be entitled to compensation.  Call for a Free Consultation.

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1. Ford Powershift Dual Clutch Transmission

A preliminary settlement has been reached in the Ford transmission class action.  We provide a Free Consultation to discuss the class action, remedies, and rights.  Here is what the Court notice says,

1. Ford Transmission Hearing

“Ford Motor Company (“Ford”) has agreed to a proposed Settlement (“Settlement”) to resolve the three cases referenced above, relating to alleged problems with the PowerShift Dual-Clutch Automatic (DPS6) Transmission (“PowerShift Transmission”) in certain Ford vehicles. By agreeing to settle, Ford does not admit any wrongdoing. The proposed Settlement will not become final unless and until it is approved by the Court following a Fairness Hearing to be held on October 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

2. Ford Focus and Fiesta Ownership and Membership in the Class

You are a member of a proposed Settlement Class (“Class Member”) if you are a past or current owner or lessee of a 2012-2016 Ford Focus or a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta equipped with a PowerShift Transmission (“Class Vehicle”). Owners or lessees with pending lawsuits against Ford based on alleged problems with the PowerShift Transmission in Class Vehicles are automatically excluded from participating in the Settlement, but if they dismiss their lawsuits before final judgment, they can choose to become class members by opting in to the Settlement. Other exclusions apply, as discussed below in the “Understanding The Settlement” section.

You must decide now whether you want to be part of the proposed Settlement or whether you would like to exclude yourself from the proposed Settlement and preserve your right to sue Ford individually for problems with your PowerShift Transmission. If you decide to be part of the proposed Settlement, and if the Court approves the proposed Settlement, you will be entitled to the benefits described below. However, you will give up any right you may have, now or in the future, to sue Ford based on problems with your PowerShift Transmission (except that you will retain your right to sue for personal injury or damage to property other than the Class Vehicle itself that you claim were caused by defects in the Powershift Transmission). If you decide to exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will not be entitled to the benefits of the Settlement, but you will retain your right to sue Ford individually for problems you have with your PowerShift Transmission.”

Call (973) 598-1980 for a Free Consultation to Discuss Your rights.

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2015 Ford Focus Transmission Defect

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Multiple problems with the Ford Focus transmission have been reported.  One customer filed a lemon law case pro se, but was not able to establish a defect under the New Jersey lemon law statute.

Petitioner  testified that she first presented her vehicle for service on September 21, 2015, regarding a concern that the vehicle “bucks and jerks” at highway speeds while accelerating. She stated that at the first service, the vehicle’s clutch was replaced by respondent. On September 25, 2015, when she again presented her vehicle for service, Caporaso stated that the vehicle was still “bucking” while “driving in town” or “stuck in traffic.” On the third service visit of October 21, 2015, she indicated that she “felt a shudder in the brake pedal” and that while driving in the city, the car would “jerk forward.” She stated that the problem was an intermittent one and that she did not feel safe in the vehicle.

Reflecting some of the challenges under the lemon law, particularly for pro ses, the Court rejected the claim finding a defect had not been proven.  Caporaso  v. Ford Motor (OAL 2015).  We welcome consultation on Ford Focus transmission problems.

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