Ford is facing a new lawsuit from Focus and Fiesta owners in the US relating to its trouble-prone PowerShift dual-clutch transmissions, Automotive News reports.
The mass action lawsuit, filed with the Wayne County Circuit Court in Michigan last month by Stern Law PLLC, specifically implicates 2012-’16 Ford Focus and 2011-’16 Ford Fiesta sedans. It alleges that the 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmissions with which these cars are equipped are prone to “shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation while changing gears, premature internal wear, delays in downshifting and, in some cases, sudden or delayed acceleration.”
These issues have cost the plaintiffs time, money, reliable transportation, resale value, and in some cases, safety, claims the lawsuit.
Ford has issued numerous technical service bulletins for the affected transmissions, but owners continue to report problems despite the fixes. Ford also responded to the issue in 2014 by extending the factory powertrain warranty from 5 years/60k miles to 7 years/100k miles.
This is not the first time Ford has faced legal action over the Focus’ and Fiesta’s PowerShift transmissions; according to Automotive News, last month, LA’s Capstone Partners APC and Ford Motor Company reached a settlement agreement for the first of three class-action lawsuits relating to the transmission.
Ford’s PowerShift transmissions are built by Getrag Ford Transmissions – a joint-venture between Ford and the world’s largest automobile transmission supplier.