Over the past few years, a handful of lawsuits have been filed over alleged issues with the Ford 10-speed automatic transmission, including more than one in Massachusetts, Illinois, and Florida, though the Illinois-based filing was later dismissed after a judge found the automaker’s motion and corresponding arguments to be persuasive. Now, however, yet another Ford 10-speed automatic class-action lawsuit has been filed, this time in the state of Alabama, according to Car Complaints.
This new lawsuit – Boggan, et al., v. Ford Motor Company – was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama by four plaintiffs represented by Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC, The Carlson Law Firm, P.C., Brent Coon & Associates, and Wallace Miller LLP. It’s essentially identical to the aforementioned lawsuits, and alleges that Ford’s 10R80 gearbox exhibits issues such as hesitating, lunging, and jerking when switching gears.
This new class-action lawsuit pertains to a handful of Blue Oval models equipped with the 10R80 transmission, including the 2017-present Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang, Ford Ranger, Ford F-150, and Lincoln Navigator. Additionally, the filing includes “all persons in the United States and its territories who formerly or currently own or leased one or more vehicles with a 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission.”
These vehicles are “not fit for their intended purpose of providing consumers with safe and reliable transportation,” according to the filing, and claims that Ford’s suggested fix of reprogramming the transmission control module or powertrain control module is inadequate and “may result in firmer than normal upshifts and downshifts.” However the four plaintiffs named in the lawsuit have not had their own vehicles inspected or repaired by any dealer or independent mechanic.