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

25 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.

  13. Annette Pinckney says:

    I do not have any of my receipts but i took my car to Jones Ford and Tideland ford 8 times will i be able to get information from them, I really need to get rid of this car, I have already paid three years to much on this car, I just want my money so that I could get me a new car and not a ford. And when you call the number listed on the website they never return your call really.

  14. MCS says:

    Hello, I purchased a Focus Titanium in April of 2013. In June, I was in a bad accident and the car was totaled. Am I eligible for this class action? I have proof that I owned the vehicle though. Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi MCS,

    The class eligibility includes the past tense which leads me to assume that you are included even when you don’t have the car anymore.

  15. Andrea Randle says:

    Will the 2013 Fusion eventually included in this suit? I puchased a 2013 Fusion in 2014.

    ADMIN – Hi Andrea,

    Lawsuits like this one don’t add extra cars. If you believe there is an issue with your car that is prevalent in all similar cars I encourage you to contact a class action attorney and get something started.

  16. Colene Kay Simpson says:

    Hi Andrea, I purchased my Ford Focus in March 2012, i have had problems with the Transmission and have had it in for service several times. What i have read Ford has reached a settlement, so now what do i do? Please let me know.
    Thank You,

    Colene Simpson

    ADMIN – Hi Colene,

    You now file a claim using the link provided.

  17. Ruth Kreneman says:

    Was the suit settlement approved by the judge? If so when will checks be sent out to claiments?

    ADMIN – Hi Ruth,

    On October 18, 2017, the Court granted Final Approval to the Settlement. Class members can now submit claims for benefits under the settlement, but please be aware that claims will not be processed or paid, and no arbitrations will take place, until after all appeals have been exhausted or expired. Please check this website frequently for updates.

  18. Sue Cox says:

    Question: – Is Ford going to FIX my car or not ? if not, are they going to buy it back ? ( I am not interested in getting a few dollars and keeping a rotten car !)

    ADMIN – Hi Sue,

    Ford has programs to fix the cars and to buy the cars back. Refer to the official page.

  19. Hector Abuyen says:

    I purchased a 2012 Ford Focus used in 2015. The car has 146000 miles already. I just recently had problems with the transmission on the way to work one morning. It doesn’t have a reverse now and shifts hard out of gear.
    The dealer cant take it to diagnose until 02/17/2018. Am I now out of the limitations for the settlement?

    ADMIN – Hi Hector,

    I don’t think there is a time limit for this.

  20. Mary Cottrell says:

    can a claim form be sent be mail?

    ADMIN – Hi Mary,

    If you need to file manually you may want to contact the class action administrator.

  21. Teresa says:

    Why are these cars being sold to the people anyway? Doesn’t it make sense not to sell a defective product? Surely Ford should realize a transmission problem would be detected. Shame on Ford!

    ADMIN – Hi Teresa,

    I believe they stopped selling the vehicles once they found out there was a problem that needed repairs.

  22. Jason graham says:

    Hello I had a 2013 Ford Focus with the power shift transmission and had nothing but problems with it so after numerous trips to the dealership and repair shop I finally just gave it back and they are still charging me for the balance of the loan even after they sold it to someone else. I can still be involved in the class action against ford correct.

    ADMIN – Hi Jason,

    I don’t know under what circumstances you gave it back or if you are still paying for it. Contact the class action administrator to obtain clarification.

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