Class Eligibility

You are a Class Member if you are a person, entity, or organization who currently resides in the United States (including its territories), and on or before April 25, 2017, you purchase(d), or lease(d) a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus equipped with a PowerShift Transmission that was originally sold by Ford in the United States or its territories.

If, on or before April 25, 2017, while serving in the United States military overseas, you purchase(d), or lease(d) a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus equipped with a PowerShift Transmission from a dealer under contract with the United States government, you are also a Class Member.

Estimated Amount

Varies

The amount you receive will depend on the number of repairs and your choice of cash or certificate

Proof of Purchase

Car Ownership

Case Name

Vargas v. Ford Motor Company, C.D. Cal.
Case No. 2:12-cv-08388-AB-FFM
United States District Court for the Central District of California

Case Summary

This Settlement resolves litigation against Ford alleging that Ford defectively designed the PowerShift Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission in certain 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicles (“Class Vehicles”).

The Actions allege that the PowerShift Transmission in the Class Vehicles was defectively designed and manufactured by Ford, causing it to slip, buck, kick, and/or jerk, resulting in the sudden or delayed acceleration of the vehicle. Plaintiffs have asserted nationwide claims under federal and state express and implied warranty laws and under consumer protection statutes.

Settlement Pool

N/A

Deadline

None

Contact


Ford Transmission Settlement
P.O. Box 404000
Louisville, KY 40233-4000
1-844-540-6011

14 responses to “Ford PowerShift Transmission Class Action Settlement (Focus & Fiesta)”

  1. Michelle souza says:

    I bought a ford fiesta that was dated 01/2017. Its stick shift and trannsmission, gears etc. Have felt something slip and has accelerated on its own accord. It kinda floats while driving. Feeling like big gusts of wind.

    ADMIN – Hi Michelle,

    The class eligibility reads as follows:

    You are a Class Member if you are a person, entity, or organization who currently resides in the United States (including its territories), and on or before April 25, 2017, you purchase(d), or lease(d) a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus equipped with a PowerShift Transmission that was originally sold by Ford in the United States or its territories.

    Based on this you don’t qualify for this settlement.

  2. Felicia Rodriguez says:

    If my car is not paid off yet do I still qualify?
    How do i know if my car has power shift transmission?

    ADMIN – Hi Felicia,

    The majority of Focus and Fiesta have Powershift transmission but you can always stop by the dealer and ask. Yes you are still a class member even if you have not paid off your car.

  3. Ms Green says:

    I own a Ford Explorer 2011 and my power steering went while driving. Ford informed me there is a recall on my power steering, I’m now without a car for a week. Is there a class action for the explorer?

    ADMIN – Hi Ms. Green,

    There is not.

  4. Ed Fenton says:

    I sold my focus because of this problem do I qualify for this, I did take it for service and they told me that how it was, so I traded it in

    ADMIN – Hi Ed,

    If you own the car on or before 4/25 yes.

  5. Pat says:

    I purchased my NEW 2016 Ford Fiesta Hatchback on 9/21/16 & the following month I started to notice problems with the automatic shifting; I’ve owned enough new cars to know when something isn’t right.. I went to the dealer several times & the girl in the service dept drove the car around the lot & claimed she couldn’t find anything wrong & I should bring it back when I could ‘duplicate the problem’, guess that’s an auto dealer joke since these issues don’t make appointments before they happen.. I filed complaints with NHTSA about these issues & in June of 2017 I received my notice that I was included in the Class Action Settlement case & that Ford had notified all dealers of this problem during the year this was in litigation so IMO this car never should have been on the lot let alone sold to this senior..

  6. Linda says:

    I bought my 2012 Ford Focus 2/2012 with and $8000 down payment after the car kept jerking and rolling backward and after the ford dealership said it was ok I couldn’t take it I traded my car in on 12/2/2017 and had to come up with and additional $1500 deposit. Seems like there should be some type of reimbursements for my down payment I lost as a result of having to trade the car in because of the transmission. Any recourse for that?

    ADMIN – Hi Linda,
    You can always opt out or take it to arbitration

  7. Timm Belcher says:

    Does the 2014 Focus with an automatic transmission qualify? I see on the web site it list only manual transmissions. I have had this focus at the dealership 7 times and now again the dealership is replacing the clutch for the third time. Dealership is telling me this car does not qualify under the lawsuit according to the VIN number. Is this correct and if so, why not?

    ADMIN – Hi Tim,

    I am not privy to your vin number. The question to ask is if your car has PowerShift. If it does it most likely qualifies.

    • Timm Belcher says:

      Vin number is 1FADP3F23EL180447

      ADMIN – Hi Timm,

      I did not say I had the ability to check it. The dealership does. Go and ask if that VIN includes powershift.

  8. Thomas Johnson says:

    I am part of another lawsuit for this. If I submit a claim on this one, does it affect my standing for the other?

    ADMIN – Hi Thomas,

    Please refer to question 49 of the official settlement FAQ

  9. Jen T says:

    I have had a very similar issue with my 2010 and 2014 Ford Mustangs with automatic transmissions. Is it possible to expand the suit to include other models?

    ADMIN – Hi Jen,

    Not possible. But you can always contact a class action attorney to see if you have a case.

  10. Daniel Dawso says:

    Do i qualify for any reimbursment for leasing the car but not having to have repairs? I didn’t buy the car because it was junk and I feel I lost a significant amount of money.

    ADMIN – Hi Daniel,

    You are a Class Member if you are a person, entity, or organization who currently resides in the United States (including its territories), and on or before April 25, 2017, you purchase(d), or lease(d) a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus equipped with a PowerShift Transmission that was originally sold by Ford in the United States or its territories.

    If, on or before April 25, 2017, while serving in the United States military overseas, you purchase(d), or lease(d) a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus equipped with a PowerShift Transmission from a dealer under contract with the United States government, you are also a Class Member.

  11. Lisa W says:

    Why is the cutoff date in April? I just bought one last month, a 12 Focus from dealership, unaware of problems but finding out firsthand.

    ADMIN – Hi Lisa,

    I am sorry about that. I am not sure how the cutoff was drafted by the lawyers but I do know that prior to purchasing a car it is smart to read reviews and recalls.

  12. Joseph Brown says:

    I have bought a 2016 ford focus hatchback in 2016 and the car had trouble shifting. We called it the shudder car because it shuddered. We took it to the dealership and they adjusted something but the problem just persited. We finally gave up and traded it in on a Subaru. Would I be intiled to anything?

    ADMIN – Hi Joseph,

    The terms read as follows:
    You are a Class Member if you are a person, entity, or organization who currently resides in the United States (including its territories), and on or before April 25, 2017, you purchase(d), or lease(d) a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus equipped with a PowerShift Transmission that was originally sold by Ford in the United States or its territories.

    The requirement is to have purchased the vehicle on or before the indicated date. It does not have an exclusion for those that sold their car.

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