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Ford Transmission Lawsuit Investigation Key Findings Released

Ford is currently embroiled in several lawsuits over the transmission it used in certain Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta cars. The Ford transmission lawsuit in Canda was recently settled. That doesn’t mean that the Ford transmission lawsuits in the U.S. are close to being settled. The findings in an investigation into the troubled Ford DPS6 transmission has been completed, and some of the key findings have been reported.

The transmission investigation was completed by Free Press and the publication claims in its investigation that it discovered that Ford knew the 2011 Fiesta and 2012 Focus cars had defective transmissions before the cars went on sale. Knowingly selling vehicles with faulty transmissions is a crucial claim in the Ford transmission lawsuit that is pending against the automaker.

The investigation claims that Ford at one point in 2012 had decided to change transmission technology in the cars, but never went through on the change. According to Free Press, at least 50 injuries were reported by customers to federal authorities concerning symptoms of the defective transmissions. Despite all the complaints, it took federal regulators four years to inquire with Ford, and it declined to open an investigation or order a recall.

The investigation also found that internal Ford documents show that the automaker cut corners to save money and boost fuel efficiency in its vehicles. Due to the faulty transmissions in the Fiesta and Focus cars, the automaker is facing billions of dollars in warranty costs and potential liability in lawsuits.

The biggest hit for Ford in this investigation came when Free Press published its story in May, and a former Ford engineer came forward and said he had waited for years for someone to reveal the truth on the transmission issues and provided first-hand accounts of internal discussions on the transmission. It’s unclear at this point what will happen in court with the Ford transmission lawsuit.

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Source: USA Today

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  1. vbondjr

    Honestly i think Ford should do away with ALL Front wheel drive vehicles. There should be three platforms at Ford, CD6, F-150 platform. Ford would be doing themselves a favor by doing this.
    CD6 platform: Mustang, a CD6 Sedan and the Explorer
    F150 platform: Ranger, Bronco, F150
    Super Duty Platform: F-Series Super Duty, Expedition

    as far as transmissions
    10R80 Conventional
    10R80 Hybrid
    10-speed diesel
    7-speed DCT Longitudinal
    maybe a Tremec manual but there really isn’t a point anymore

    2.3L Ecoboost 350hp/350
    3.0L Ecoboost 405hp/420tq
    3.5L Ecoboost 450hp/510 tq
    3.5L Ecoboost High output 650hp/550tq

    5.0L Coyote 480hp/450tq
    5.2L Predator 760hp/625tq
    7.3L Godzilla 425hp/450tq

    6.7L Powerstroke: 475hp/1000tq
    3.0L powerstroke: 300hp/450tq

    keeps everything straight forward and to the point. Let lincoln worry about they hybrids and electric vehicles, Ford needs to simplify their lineup and keep with the more conventional cars (minus the vehicles that have the 10-speed hybrid powertrain).

  2. gareth

    If ford did not offer hybrid or electric vehicles they will demend out dated by the motoring press and wall street and investors and with competitors ofering hybrid and electric vehicles and petrol vehicles(while they still offer petrol vehicles) they have no choice.

  3. Wanda Johnson

    How do I get included in the lawsuit on the Ford Fucus transission Lawsuit?

    1. buhl watt

      how do i get included in ford focus lawsuit

  4. Danny

    Hi my name is Danny Just little under a year ago I got a fiesta 017 I have the same malfunction with the DPS6 trans no reverse I still have forward gears I seen that they extended the warranty up too 10 years or 150 000 miles for the 2011 to 2016 My question is now that they included 017 is the 10 year or 150 000 stand as 011 to 017 I have a little over 100 000 I’m at 103 256


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