Ford PowerShift Transmission Settlement
On March 5, 2020, a federal judge approved the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against Ford Motor Company for current and former owners and lessees of Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta vehicles with severe transmission defects. If you are eligible for the settlement, Ford may repurchase your vehicle and provide compensation for repairs.
You must file a claim for arbitration, and our Wisconsin car defect attorneys are prepared to represent you in this process, pursuing maximum compensation on your behalf. The other parties in the arbitration process will be working against you, so it is important to have an experienced legal professional protecting your best interests.
For more than 20 years, PKSD has been helping Wisconsin residents recover compensation for their injuries and damages. Partner Jeff Pitman is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has been included in Wisconsin Super Lawyers every year from 2006-2019.
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Am I Eligible to Seek Compensation?
The class-action settlement may apply to anyone who currently or formerly owned or leased a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2015 Ford Focus that had a PowerShift Transmission and was originally sold or leased in the U.S.
Under the mediation agreement, you may be eligible for cash payments if you had a minimum of three service visits to replace transmission hardware or required three or more software updates. You may also be eligible for cash payments if you were turned away by a Ford dealer after complaining of a problem with the transmission.
In legal filings, those who owned or leased these vehicles claimed the transmission had numerous problems, including:
- Hesitation when shifting gears
- Premature wear internally
- Delays in downshifting
- Sudden acceleration
- Delayed acceleration
Consumers claimed these issues eventually cause complete failure of the transmission system.
According to the lawsuit, there are nearly two million members of the class and plaintiffs claimed almost 1.5 million vehicles were equipped with this defective transmission.
Have questions about the settlement and whether you may be eligible? Call to discuss your Ford transmission settlement claim. 877-877-2228
What Compensation is Available?
Compensation available under the settlement can be separated into two categories, cash payments and repurchase/arbitration:
The settlement sets aside $30 million to pay class members for service visits.
Those who made three or more service visits to authorized Ford dealers for transmission hardware replacements are eligible for a cash payment or discount certificate valued at twice the amount of the cash payment that can be used toward purchasing a new Ford vehicle.
Class members can receive $200 for the third service visit, $275 for the fourth and $350 after that up to $2,325 after the eighth service visit.
If you do not qualify for these payments, you may be able to obtain compensation for three or more updates to the transmission control module. You can receive cash payments of $50 for each appointment up to $600 if these updates were made within seven years or 100,000 miles.
Those who complained of transmission problems but were denied repairs may be eligible for $20 in cash by stating they were denied repairs under penalty of perjury.
You may also have the option of submitting a claim to the arbitration program created by the settlement, if you qualify under Wisconsin lemon laws or under a fallback standard outlined in the settlement.
If your arbitration claim is successful, Ford will refund what you paid for the vehicle, including finance charges and minus a reasonable allowance for use of the vehicle. If you leased the vehicle and your arbitration claim is successful, Ford will refund the payments you made minus a reasonable allowance for use.
One of the advantages of the arbitration program over a lawsuit is the arbitration claim will be resolved within just two or three months of you submitting it, while a lemon lawsuit may take one year or more to be resolved in court.
If your arbitration claim is successful, Ford will pay up to $6,000 in attorneys’ fees for the attorney you hire to represent you.
If you had out-of-pocket expenses for repairs you think should have been covered by Ford’s new vehicle limited warranty, you may be eligible to pursue a claim in a qualified version of the program.
If you are a class member who owned or leased a vehicle made after June 5, 2013 and had two clutches replaced during the five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, you may be eligible for reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs for a third clutch replacement within seven years or 100,000 miles.
What Does Wisconsin’s Lemon Law Say?
According to the state’s lemon law, the manufacturer is required to replace a lemon with a new vehicle or provide you with a full refund.
The vehicle in question must have a condition or defect that substantially impairs the use, value or safety of a motor vehicle and is covered under an express warranty that applies either to the component itself or the entire vehicle.
However, the defect must still exist after four repair visits to an authorized repair dealer or if the vehicle has been out of service for at least 30 days because of defects covered under warranty.
If you choose to pursue a refund under the law, the manufacturer is required to provide one within 30 days of your request, provided your vehicle is eligible under the terms of the lemon law.
If you want a replacement vehicle, you must do so using a form from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and provide numerous details about the vehicle, such as mileage, date of purchase, holders of security interests in the vehicle, etc.
Within 30 days of being notified of your request for a replacement vehicle, the manufacturer must agree to give you a comparable new vehicle. However, the manufacturer may elect to give you a refund if it cannot find a comparable new vehicle.
The licensed attorneys at PKSD have extensive knowledge of this law and how it may apply to your situation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
The settlement says you have six years from the date or the original sale of the vehicle or six months from the effective date of the settlement, whichever one is later, to file a claim for the arbitration program. The effective date of the settlement will be no sooner than April 6, 2020.
However, Wisconsin also has a lemon law stating you must file a claim within three years (36 months) of first delivery of the vehicle.
Since there is limited time to pursue a claim, you should strongly consider meeting with a licensed attorney to discuss your Ford transmission settlement claim.
At PKSD, there are no upfront fees for our services, including the initial consultation.
Our phone lines are always open: 877-877-2228.
Benefits of Hiring an Attorney for Arbitration
Hiring an attorney often results in victims recovering more compensation than if they tried to go through the process alone.
The attorneys at PKSD have many years of combined experience investigating claims, building robust cases, and negotiating for fair compensation. We are prepared to manage the complex legal process on your behalf, utilizing our extensive knowledge of relevant laws and drawing on our wealth of experience.
Unlike the lawyers and those on the other side, the experienced attorneys at PKSD are committed to your best interests. We understand how financially draining it can be to have a vehicle with serious defects and how important it can be to receive compensation for repairs or replacement of your vehicle.
If you have any questions about your claim, feel free to call to schedule a free consultation with a licensed attorney.
History of Transmission Problems
According to an internal report from Ford in December 2016, approximately 350,000 vehicles had already received three or more repairs for transmission problems.
According to an investigation by the Detroit Free Press, Ford knew the PowerShift transmission was defective but continued building and selling them, even as consumers were spending thousands of dollars on repairs.
In August 2019, just one month after this investigation was published, Ford extended warranty coverage to approximately 600,000 vehicle owners.
As the class-action lawsuit progressed, Ford revealed in court documents it had spent $47 million buying back 2,666 vehicles.
The class-action settlement affects nearly two million current and former owners of affected Ford Focus and Fiestas.
U.S. vehicle registration data shows that nearly 1.5 million of these defective vehicles are on the road, as of March 2020.
Call Today to Discuss a Ford Transmission Settlement Claim
If you own or lease or used to own or lease a Ford Focus or Fiesta included in the settlement agreed to in March 2020, you may be able to recover compensation for the repurchase of the vehicle and/or repairs of transmission issues.
You can discuss your situation with one of the licensed attorneys at PKSD in a free initial consultation. If you have a legitimate claim, there is no obligation to hire our firm. That means there is no risk in meeting with us to discuss potential legal options.
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis so there are no upfront fees for making use of our services. Our attorneys do not receive compensation unless we recover compensation for our clients.
Our licensed attorneys have decades of experience advocating for Wisconsin residents and have been recognized by many prestigious legal organizations, such as Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell.