Transmission Problems Plague Ford Fiesta & Ford Focus In San Diego

Transmission Problems Plague Ford Fiesta & Focus In San Diego


At least 10,000 people have joined a Ford Fiesta transmission defect suit in California. The case is set to go to trial on June 19, 2018.

Kavanaugh Law filed the suit alleging that “Ford Motor Company has been selling defective 2011-2015 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2015 Ford Focus vehicles containing a PowerShift Transmission (‘PST’) that causes dangerous driving behavior.”

The suit alleges that Ford engages in deceptive business practices which deceive consumers into thinking there are no problems with the cars when in reality, they are highly problematic. The company continues selling them even though it knows about these problems from thousands of consumer complaints, warranty claims, and dealer visits. This is similar to how Volkswagen hid excessive emissions from regulators for years so they could sell their diesel in the U.S. and around the world.

The lawsuit says: “Although Ford has known about the transmission problems since at least 2012 when they were first reported in connection with a safety investigation by NHTSA … consumers continue to experience sudden acceleration, delayed acceleration, delayed downshifts, unexpected deceleration (including while driving on a freeway), loss of control of the vehicle, slipping out of gear and/or other dangerous malfunctions.” A technical service bulletin issued by Ford even acknowledged that many 2011-2015 Focus models had experienced abrupt ‘kickdown’ failure where there is no throttle response or a momentary complete lack of power followed by a sudden re-engagement that results in an uncontrolled lurch forward or backward.

“Ford has never conducted a nationwide recall of its defective PST despite knowing that the Transmission in Fiesta and Focus vehicles causes dangerous driving behavior resulting in consumer complaints, warranty claims, accidents and injuries.”

This is not an isolated problem. A national class-action lawsuit was filed by cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Monica against Ford for selling cars with faulty transmissions. The plaintiffs accused Ford of fraud.

“An estimated 1.5 million 2011-2015 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2015 Ford Focus vehicles are equipped with the Defective PST,” says Robert I. Laxer & Associates, P.C.”The Defective PST results in damage to the vehicle’s transmission — specifically the torque converter assembly — causing metal fragments to break off into other components of the transmission. This often results in catastrophic transmission failure and requires costly repairs.”

The 2011-2015 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2015 Ford Focus have been the subject of at least three major recalls so far: One for stalling without warning, another for loss of power steering, and a third for fuel pump issues.

“Ford continues to deny warranty claims and consumers continue to pay out of pocket to fix these defective transmissions.”

In 2017, Consumer Reports compiled a list of more than 500 complaints from owners about jerking hard shifting hard acceleration. They also cited “two sudden lunges forward while idling followed by loud bangs, one shuddering that felt like an explosion inside the car during braking at low speeds, two cases of cars going into limp mode.

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