Update : Vargas vs. Ford Motor Co. Class Action Lawsuit and Settlement Reached


Did you purchase or lease a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicle that was equipped with a “PowerShift” Transmission ?  If so, you may be affected by a nationwide settlement that has been reached in litigation concerning problems with the PowerShift Transmission.

These problems include claims that the vehicles contain a malfunctioning transmission that causes the cars to slip or jerk when the vehicle accelerates.   As a result of these problems, class members claim that they were forced to spend time and money to correct these problems. Some plaintiffs reportedly waited months for repairs to be completed.

After almost four years of contentious litigation, a proposed settlement agreement has been reached in the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus class-action lawsuit. In the proposed settlement submitted to federal court in California on March 24, 2017, Ford agreed to “substantial cash payouts” among other concessions to the 1.5 million owners of 2011-2016 Fiesta models and 2012-2016 Focus models.

The proposed settlement, which was filed unopposed, includes a variety of remedies including cash payments for plaintiffs whose vehicles were taken in for repairs three times. Each repair visit beyond the third will receive additional payment.  Ford is alternatively offering the option to receive a discount on the purchase of a new Ford vehicle (for those customers who actually want another Ford product). Software issues will likewise be compensated by a cash payment after the third repair visit.  Ford is also providing a private arbitration program whereby class members can opt to have the company repurchase or replace defective vehicles. Eligible vehicles will include any vehicle that has endured multiple failed repair attempts to the transmission within the first five years or 60,000 miles. 

Please remember :  if you have a vehicle AND it is under the manufacturer’s warranty, you are entitled to fair treatment and getting the problem fixed in a timely manner.  In many cases, the manufacturer will repurchase your vehicle, and may even be required to pay civil penalties and or reimbursement of your expenses. It helps to understand your rights as a consumer, and the California Lemon Law Expert is here to help you or someone you may know who is in this situation.  If your vehicle is not functioning properly and is under warranty, you have rights under the law that you need to thoroughly understand.

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Source :  https://www.carcomplaints.com

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